Nice morning walking along on the LA Aquaduct. Sky was clear and it was fairly still. Did not see anyone as we were heading out of Hiker Town. Only a few of us stayed the night.
The first part of the aquaduct that is along the PCT is open so you can see the water flowing. After a few miles it is covered and basically looks like a cement paved road that you wouldn’t even know that water is flowing underneath.
We walked for several hours before coming upon any shade. What we did find was what looked like a loading dock ramp, probably something that was used during construction of the aquaduct. It was good enough. Just after we started walking again an RV came by and gave us each gaitoraide. The people had come out to the desert for the memorial day weekend….weird place to vacation, by we were happy to get the gaitoraide.
The day wasn’t too hot, even though this was desert. By 1:30ish it probably hit mid 80s. Around this time, we came across a bridge where there were about 10 hikers sleeping and relaxing, waiting out the hotter part of the day. We had done about 17 miles by then and decided to relax there as well for a three hour lunch break.
My feet are doing good with the Injinji toe socks. These socks are basically like gloves for your feet, with each toe getting its respective slot. The idea is that this style of sock will cut down on the rubbing blisters between toes, and from my 3 days wearing them, it appears to work.
After our break under the bridge, we headed out for our last couple hours of hiking. Most of this was spent walking through a wind turbine farm. These turbines are all brand new and not running yet. The turbines are enormous. About an hour in, we came across a decent sized rattlesnake. He was green, and one of the bigger ones that I have seen. He was within a foot of the trail and I had walked right by him. Even with all of us standing around him taking pics, he never rattled.
Writing this as dusk is setting. There is a hiker named Hehaw at the site tonight. He carries a 2lb carbon fiber guitar with him and can here him playing and singing. Sounds great! He is professional bluegrass musician from Maine.
Tonight at the camp, there is the four of us, and Steamer, Anchorman, Mia, Lost, Hehaw, Dave and Clark Kent. The were 4 other folks that were here when we arrived, but they were just taking a break before heading out to night hike.
We plan to get up at 4am and get an early start to get into Mojave before it gets too warm. The cooler temps are supposed to be ending.
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 457.6