a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 1599.7 to 1610.4. Etna to Shelly Meadows campground.
Today we sleep in until 8:30 am as we decided yesterday with Tacos & Foodfight to head out together around noon. Tacos needed some convincing to continue hiking as for his part he would be ready to go home now. He explains that he's already dealt with all the issues that made him do the trail in the first place and is at peace with himself again. But he agrees to hike until Ashland (first town stop in Oregon) where his dad and brother will visit him anyways. The two invite us for breakfast again - thank you guys so much, you and the breakfast are awesome!
Around noonish the two are back from doing their resupply and the Hiker Hut’s owner gives us a lift to the trail head. We start hiking and realize that the weather today is not that bad, still some smoke left but already way better than expected. We planned to do only 11 miles today, so nothing too difficult. The scenery is nice, we pass ridges, have stunning views and then are in another burnt area for a couple of miles.
When we started the PCT, those areas felt kind of strange but special. But by now we must have passed more than 30 burnt areas already and it is still sad but one gets used to it. Early in the evening we reach our camp spot before the others, pitch our tent, filter water and then Tacos and Foodfight arrive. Shortly after them we are joined by the Canadians and Snowwhite, have a bond fire, good talks and then go to sleep. Tomorrow we want to do more than 20 miles, let’s see how that will work!