a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 26 to 42 . Boulder Oaks to Mount Laguna.
Today we get up around 4am and are ready to leave by 4.45am. We are facing an all day upwards climb to Mount Laguna and want to try to evade some of the heat by starting early. In the morning we both feel really good, like we are able to take on everything. The landscape is rather green but it‘s mostly bushes, so again, we are missing some shade and soon start taking short minute breaks whenever we find a high enough tree. We decide to take our lunch break at a water source at mile 37.8. Unfortunately there was no shade there and we had to build our own shade with the footprint of our tent. Which didn‘t really provide us with the shade we actually needed and therefore didn‘t cool us down properly. The last climb up to Mount Laguna nearly had me breaking down. I was just too hot and my shoulders hurt from the weight of my pack. Again Dario was able to pick me up and motivated me to finish the last couple miles of the day. We finally arrived in the Mount Laguna campground when there was still daylight and got our first shower which was amazing!!! Some other hikers we had met before had made it to the store when it was still open, so we just sat in the sun, had some wine, beers and excellent company. I am already digging the people we‘ve met on trail so much! So much laughter, so much support and so much compassion for that crazy thing we‘re doing here. I am not gonna lie, it‘s been brutal so far. But also absolutely beautiful. We are both hurting from sore muscles, heavy packs and blistery feet. But evenings like this one and views like we‘ve had today make it absolutely worth it.