Daily Miles: 22
Total Miles: 1221
We woke up to another beautiful blue sky morning. The temperature during the night was really pleasant…not too warm and not too cold. Beardoh was a little cold overnight as his hammock drooped more and his bum ended up resting on some shrubs underneath him.
We got on the trail around 6:30 and continued to hike up the climb we had started the evening before. A little after starting, we hit the 1200 mile mark for the trail. In some ways, the trail has gone by quickly and other ways it seems like so long ago that we started in Campo. And we’re not even halfway through the trail yet! Thinking of all the miles still to go is a little overwhelming, so we just focus on our current four day stretch.
This morning when we were hiking through a bunch of shrubs, SweetPea noticed a tip to a hiking pole that was on the side of the trail. She was excited to see it, and more excited when it actually fit her pole. She had lost the tip to one of her poles in the Sierra and her pole had been wearing down quickly ever since. Hopefully now with the new tip, the poles will be able to last for the rest of the trail.
Today was quite warm out. Whenever we were walking in an exposed area, we were all sweating a lot. Luckily the shade was significantly cooler, so we could get a bit of a break from the sun when we needed it.
Once again, we had to be conscious of the water situation. We had stretches with six so miles without water. Not a huge distance, but since we only have one 3/4 liter bottle each, we had to pull out our collapsible bottles so we could carry more water.
We were all getting hungry several miles before camp, so we decided to stop and make dinner before the end of the day. We have done this on only a few rare occasions this trail. Sometimes it is nice to eat early and then be able to walk in the nice light and nice temps of the evening, but sometimes it feels better to just get to camp and know that you done for the day.
Latest in the day, Beardoh realized that his favorite photo app had an update which included a big upgrade in the macro settings… So he took a lot of flower photos:
We got to camp about 7:40. There were quite a few hikers that we leapfrogged with during the day, and it seemed like most of them were at the same campsite. There were very few campsites listed on the map in this area, so naturally everyone clumped up here.