start: 47 miles
end: 63 miles
we woke up this morning with the plan that today would be an easy day. we had planned 13 miles with 1,000 decent, hoping to get to camp early and just relax.
we had breakfast and dried off our tents, getting a bit of a later start at 8 am. we left without our friend “paddles” (brad) and it was immediately super windy and cold. paddles caught up to us at mile 2 and we continued on as a group.
at mile 6 we stopped for lunch at a picnic area and six other hikers joined us. a couple from pennsylvania, a man from australia, and another man and two women. olga and i ate our hikers pad thai (not good) and we took our shoes off and relaxed.
we filled up our water and quickly got going again, taking turns telling fun stories from our past. paddles is an actor and has a skill for story telling. it was very windy for the majority of the hike, making it cold and at some times scary.
we got water again at mile 13 and at this point were getting desperate for a campsite that was not too windy. we read a review that a site at mile 64 was protected for the wind, so we headed there. paddles’s knee was hurting so he stuck behind, and we kept pushing on.
mile 62 started a huge downhill, i think 900+ ft in less than a mile. but soon after was a campsite with the british man from the first night already there. it turns out he got rained on last night from only a couple miles away from where we camped (and made us thankful that we missed that).
we arrived at the campsite (with paddles arriving about 45 min later). olga set up the tent, we brushed our hair (for the first time in four days), and made dinner of freeze dried spaghetti, chicken flavored ramen, and hot chocolate. the entire group from lunch is here camping with us as well.
tomorrow we hope to get to scissors crossing (13 miles) early so we can hitch a ride to julian for free pie and beer.