a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 857.7 (+1.5 Miles from John Muir Ranch Side Trail) to 873.6. John Muir Ranch to Bushcamp.
We get up at our beautiful campsite located on a rock right next to John Muir Ranch. We heard that every morning after 8am the Ranch gives away not used meals from the JMTers (hikerish for hikers doing the John Muir Trail) for free. But to have the full choice you have to be there right when they open the ranch at 8am. So we stand in front of the entrance gate at exactly 7:59 and are excited to find some tasty meals. It is also my birthday today another reason to hope for some special food. :)
When we search the approx 15 different food buckets (all the food is transported to the ranch by horse and therefore has to be in buckets) we find a lot of self made dehydrated food. We choose cannelloni, pasta with tomato meat sauce and a weird swedish dish.
Then we start hiking again. Today is - surprise - another pass to climb, Selden Pass.
First we have to get back to the trail. It is one of the steepest sections we have done so far and after 10 minutes I look like I have just taken a shower. But after another 20 minutes of constant sweating we are back on the trail again.
From here the climb towards Selden Pass immediately starts - yaay the climbing goes on!
But at least it is now way less steep than before. When we have already done 3 out of 7 miles of climbing we meet a couple coming from the other direction. It turns out it is a guy from Italy and a girl from Switzerland! We are amused to meet someone from Switzerland after a long time. The last 7 days we did not have any cell service at all and I was constantly wondering about the result of the football match Switzerland vs Sweden. The Swiss girl tells us now that actually Switzerland lost 0:1…:( Well that was not what I was hoping for but life and hiking goes on.
We continue our hike and after another 2 hours we pass another stunning lake and are soon on top of Selden Pass from where we observe the below valley and another lake. We take a short 15 minute break and just enjoy the view.
From here we descend for about 1 hour and decide to have a nap on our mattresses as our feet hurt a bit and we are also exhausted of the climbing.
Soon later there is another river crossing we have to do without shoes and we enjoy the wading through the stream.
Down in the valley we realize that there is cell service and I start reading all the nice congratulations for my birthday - thanks again to everyone who texted or video messaged me. :)
Soon we arrive at our campsite for tonight and share it with 3 other people. We have a little celebration in our tent and I blow out a music candle Maya got for me. :)
Since we still have good cell reception we end the day watching some episodes of “Friends” in our tent and go to bed in hiker terms late - which means after 10 pm :)