a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
395.2 to 415.1. Cooper Canyon Camp to Bushcamp
We slept really well under the stars without our rain fly on. But it was also quite a long day yesterday, no wonder we slept like champions. We leave camp before Melanie who is still snuggled up in her sleeping bag and soon are on trail again. It is another beautiful day out here, so quiet and peaceful. I really like the mornings best when it feels like the world is still waking up, birds start chirping, butterflies flying and hello there - a deer crosses the trail like 15 metres in front of us. After about two hours we reach the 400 mile marker. Wow, what a feeling to know that we've just walked 400 miles (=643 km). Shortly after we take our breakfast break and take the opportunity for a pooping break as well as it seems that we are far ahead (or behind) other people and will not be disturbed. Sure enough, as soon as we have both each found the perfect bush to do our business the first people show up! Why does this keep happening! On trail you don't see other hikers for hours on end, but as soon as you decide to go hide behind some bush with your trowel and toilet paper people will show up. Murphy's law in action once again! Well, shit happens. Literally. Anyway, moving on.
The trail leads us through a beautiful area today, it is not too steep and time goes by while I listen to a podcast. We time our lunch break with the Sulphur Springs Trail Camp thinking that most hikers will probably stop here even though it is not directly located on trail. But since there's water here and picnic tables we just assume that this camp will be the destination of many hikers. But surprise, we've got the camp to ourselves! After we get the water and filter it we lay down on the picnic table benches in the shade and have the best time relaxing and elevating our legs. We then make lunch and are both hesitating to start going again because it's just too perfect! But of course, we have to! So we pack up and start hiking again around 3 pm, since we have about 9.5 miles to go until we reach our targeted campsite.
New views come up, which we always love and I for one am in great shape and loving it. Dario on the other hand is really tired today and keeps asking how much further we have to go. We contemplate stopping earlier but then we end up going all the way to the chosen campsite, which is absolutely fantastic. The views are incredible, it's still not too late and we are proud of having done another 20 miler today. Dinner consists of another two Knorr meals (Taco Rice and Spanish Rice), while watching a beautiful sunset.