a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 478.2 to 493.4. From Casa de Luna to Bushcamp (Upper Shake Campground)
Even though the plan was to get up early, we absolutely don‘t feel like it and just keep snoozing until Speedy and Wizard also decide to get up for the Casa de Luna Pancakes breakfast. The pancakes are delicious and we just kind of hang around, not really in a hiking mood. The guys start painting rocks, which is a thing at Casa de Luna where all rocks are painted and placed in their beautiful manzanita forest.
After Dario is finally done with his piece of art for Speedy we get going. We need to hitch from Green Valley back to the trailhead. For the first 15 minutes nobody stops. We see it as kind of fate that we are still here and Dario really wants to have a second breakfast at the coffee shop next to where we hitch. Luckily (or unlucky for Dario) a guy going the other way decides to turn around and give us a ride. So sweet!
Back on trail the guys are soon ahead, running up the mountain, while Wizard and I take it more slowly. Her feet hurt and uphill isn‘t my strength anyway. Soon the guys stop for lunch where we all reunite. Dario and I soon leave again and later in the evening are the first to arrive at the campsite. Before Speedy!! That‘s a first! While we all cook dinner we are joined by Thi, a Vietnamese American, who offers us some Tequila. We share stories together and eat our ramen noodles, rice dishes and mashed potatoes. It gets cold quickly and we soon hop into our sleeping bags. Off to Hikertown tomorrow, this is where we will reach the Mojave Desert!