a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 1239.5 to 1260.1. Bushcamp to Lookout Rock camp.
We half expected to be woken by some animals during the night because the comments on the Guthooks App mentioned more than once that bears and deers had been heard and seen previously at this campsite. But the only animals we saw, heard and were annoyed by were the wasps. There have been many lately and even though they are not aggressive I can't help feeling threatened by them.
We rise early. There is still no sight of Flamin Hot or Sarah, but we are sure they (or at least Flamin Hot) will turn up again eventually.
First the trail leads us downhill through the forest and past a few streams with flowing water. We fill up and have breakfast beside one of them. Today we really look forward to reaching the bottom of the mountain where the Middle Fork Feather River flows through and where we plan to take a lengthy swimming and laundry break. When we finally reach it it's the perfect weather for a bath in a cold river. The sun is out, we have been sweating even though we were descending and always in the shade of the woods. The bath is so refreshing, ice cold actually! But we really enjoy it, we lie between the rocks, get rid of the dirt on our bodies and wash our clothes simultanously.
Sweatheart soon takes off while we stay put a little longer and tell her that we will catch her at the next water source. We are not especially looking forward to the afternoon. 7 more miles, but more than 3000 feet up (11.2 km, over 900m in altitude) and it's hot and our packs are heavy! But we have no choice, and start climbing. I am happy to be distracted by a crime audiobook I am currently listening to. It makes it easier and we actually make good time, passing Sweatheart who is cooling her foot at the next water source. But still, the climb is strenuous and feels neverending.
Up up up we go and finally reach the last water for the day at the Lookout Spring where we fill up our bottles for the night, and climb the last meters to the top of the mountain. The view is incredible! All the smoke has gone, enabling us to see for miles and miles. Endless stretches of forest and peaks, the sun is soon setting and the sky looks absolutely stunning! We settle on Lookout Rock and take it all in. That's what makes it all worth it. No pain, no gain. Views like that give us the energy to keep hiking. And no more smoke! We are loving it! We have trouble leaving the place to get to our camp for the night. When we are almost there, only 0.2 miles from Lookout Rock we stumble upon trail magic! In the shape of a box filled with books! How awesome is this! There is also a trail register where we look for all our friends' names who passed here previously and also sign it. These trail registers are located all over the PCT, this is like the 50th or so we've signed, just FYI.
We set up camp, then I go back to the books box and grab the lightest book there is, and start reading the novel after dinner, in my sleeping bag. Dinner consists of two Knorr dishes (Fettuccini Parmesan) and a Mountain House meal desert: Apple Cobbler Mix. It looks quite disgusting once it's "cooked", or let's say "rehydrated", but it tastes quite good. We share it with Sweatheart and tell stories. She is so lovely, we are so happy to have met her! I really hope her foot will get better soon. But let's face it, hiking 20 miles a day probably isn't helping...:-( Flamin Hot is still not here, and we just hope he's doing well and catching up soon.