a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 743.0 to 760.0. Dutch Meadow camp to Rock Creek camp
The next day we sleep in, pack everything up and wake up Wizard with a steaming cup of birthday coffee. We take it really easy in the morning, have breakfast with everyone else who is camped there and right when we are about to head out, Thibaud comes walking around the corner! Oh man this trail! We didn‘t think we would see him anytime soon because he had left KM 24 hours after us. But here he is, doing big miles in order to catch up and be with Wizard on her birthday. Isn‘t he the cutest!! Anyway, we get going, but as the others still need to get water, the two of us hike ahead. We reach the lake first, beautiful Chicken Spring Lake! It was not easy to get here, which makes it even better! The water is ice cold, but nothing can stop us! We dip our feet in the lake, put wine we brought for W‘s birthday inside it to cool it down, and do our laundry. I basically just throw all the dirty clothes inside the lake and give them a good rinse one after the other. Soon everything is hung up to dry on a rock next to the water and by the time we make lunch, the others arrive. Turns out Thibaud also got a bottle of wine for Wizard, and it ends up next to our wine in the lake. When I go to check on the laundry I reliaze that my shirt and shorts are gone. What the !!! Climbing on the rock I had put everything on to dry I soon find my shirt which had fallen back into the water. But where are my shorts??? Soon about 10! hiker friends help me look for my shorts. We get our flashlights to look through the cracks of the rock, search the water to see if they’ve fallen in, but we just can’t find them. Too bad! It’s almost funny though how everyone is searching for them and luckily I have another pair with me that I can wear, so I am not really upset.
When Wizard finally shows up, we all go into the water together, take some funny pictures and then sit down, sing a proper happy birthday, present her with a chocolate muffin and candle which we had carried all the way from KM and drink the 3! (W has also brought one along!) bottles of red wine. Then she reluctantly tells us that she‘s decided to climb Mt. Whitney and will not be hiking on with us tonight. That‘s really a shame, but we can understand her. The reason we are not climbing the highest mountain in the lower 48 states of the US is that we have to stick to a tight schedule in order to exit the Sierras in time for our flight home for the wedding. We then leave pretty soon after the b-day celebrations as we still need to hike 10 more miles. It‘s already 4pm. So off we are, leaving beautiful Chicken Spring Lake and our friends, who are now all doing Mt. Whitney, behind.
And now we truly feel like we‘ve arrived in the High Sierra! It‘s very rocky terrain, some pine trees, a lot of water and mountains as far as the eye can see. It‘s mindblowingly beautiful! We soon reach BigBro, Croc, Pip and Minji and camp next to them at a lovely creek. The guys get a campfire going and we all chat together and eat our „delicious“ dinners. Then off to bed, tomorrow we will reach the base camp of the highest mountain pass of the PCT, Forester Pass!