Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Day 10
We took a half day off at Warner Springs to shower & do our laundry. The following day as we were heading back out to the trail I involuntarily said to Serge “I’ve missed the trail”. People say you develop some sense of attachment to being out there in the wilderness. Maybe that was the first sign of it.
We have encountered several over 90°F days where we had to go up hill for most of the time. Water situation on PCT is no joke and should not be taken lightly. There are often times when we have to carry additional 6 liters of water (that’s 12 pounds) on top of the gear and food that we have in our packs. That water is to drink and for cooking meals. Amount of water you have with you dictates whether you will have a full cooked meal or some peanut butter crackers. In the desert there are 20-30 mile stretches where there is no water resupply and sometimes hikers have to carry 1-2 days worth of water. Water logistics are only difficult in the dry Southern part of California and Trail Angels do their best to help us out – for example delivering up to 50 gallons of water to a dried up creek on daily basis.
Josh, used to be a chef, immediately made us a pizza and we joined the company. We then gathered wood for a bone fire and continued getting to know our new hiker family. In the morning, Josh made us fresh coffee & pancakes which we ate with our hands, slowly warming up on the rising sun and listening to Frank Sinatra and Jack Johnson music.
Our next town is Idyllwild. It is a small touristy town where you can walk from one end to the next in 20 minutes. We arrived on Thursday – dollar tacos night, and immediately felt lucky. With an upcoming rain storm, we decided to take a day zero (a full day off) in town and run some errands like laundry, showers and resupplying groceries.