a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 592.9 to 612. Bushcamp to Bushcamp.
The alarm rings, it‘s 4 am. Dario is in his zombie mode and just can‘t seem to shake the sleep off himself. So as every morning I tell him what to do. „Take out your earplugs, put in yor contacts, start folding your airpad“ and so on. He doesn‘t seem to function on his own at 4 am. After about 10 minutes he is finally awake and we quickly pack up. We notice that Doctor Strange‘s tent is still there. Looks like he couldn‘t shake off his sleep at 2 am either.
The first hour we hike in the dark, with our headlights on. We are still walking through a grassy meadow area and I can feel the soft grass touching my legs on both sides of the trail. When the sun rises we take some nice pictures, alright, a lot of pictures, see below. ;-)
On our short breakfast break we notice that we might find water earlier than on mile 602, as we are almost down to nothing and Dario is really thirsty. And sure enough, we soon pass a house with a water tank next to it where we help ourselves to 2 litres and „camel up“ (jug down as much as we can right there). Only a couple minutes we reach another milestone: the 600 mile marker. Yaaaay, we‘ve just walked 600 miles, can you believe it??
After another hour we reach the Robin Bird Spring, the water source. We get some more water and take the opportunity to wash some panties and socks. Having only three pairs each per person we will have to wash them occasionally if we should decide to go through with our plan and make it to Kennedy Meadows in 7 days without another townstop. We hang the wet clothes up to dry on a pack and hike on.
After a pretty tough climb we soon find ourselves surrounded by beautiful pine trees. The ground is mossy and comfortable to walk on. But as time goes by we grow more and more tired (hello, we have been getting up at 4 am!) and finally want to reach our next destination, the Landers Meadow Spring Campground, 0.2 miles off trail. We blow up our airpads and take a nap underneath the tall pine trees. The wind is blowing and the temperature is great. Soon our nap is disturbed by a couple of motorcross drivers. WTH! We are both thinking. But no time to get mad, they are trail angels! And they bring us cinnamon rolls and we have a lovely time chatting with them. Turns out they are responsible for the two upcoming reliable water caches. Without these caches us hikers would be forced to carry water for a 42 mile desert stretch! Thank you so much for helping is out, it sure is a great relief knowing we won‘t have to carry around 25 liters for the next two days!
We finish our day with another 3 mile hike to our campsite overlooking the Sierra Nevada. Here she is, we can‘t wait to reach you in a couple of days! The campsite is surrounded by boulders, protected from the wind. It‘s still sunny and warm out and we enjoy the evening, cooking dinner, tending to our sore feet. We are again in bed by 7.30 pm, I could get used to that! But it does make sense, the alarm is gonna go off at 4 am again tomorrow and there is a big day ahead of us...