Mile 129 to mile 140 11 miles Lion Heart is already dressed when I open my eyes. It's still dark outside, an inky navy blue sky, and I spy a star or two lingering as the sun begins its slow rise. It's 5:08am. Everyone around me is bustling. I get ready as quickly as I … Continue reading Day Fourteen: Queers In The Wild
Mile 114.5 to mile 129 14.5 miles It's so chilly when I wake up. I have a hard time coaxing myself out of my warm down quilt, but I try to reason with myself: soon it will be so hot and I'll be begging for a slight chill, so I may as well make the … Continue reading Day Thirteen: Cowboy Camping
Mile 109.5 to mile 114.5 5 miles Today is lazy on purpose. I'm taking a nero, which is like a zero but you hike a little bit - Nearly a Zero! I sleep in and don't plan to hike out until it's cooler, so I have until 4pm or 5pm. A bunch of other hikers … Continue reading Day Twelve: Nero and Night Hiking
Mile 96.5 to mile 109.5 13 miles Sure enough, at 4am I hear Heidi leave. I don't mind - she warned me she gets up early. Some people got to our campsite late last night after both Heidi and I were already asleep (and woke both of us up being loud, for the record) and … Continue reading Day Eleven: 100 Miles!
Mile 80 to mile 96.5 16.5 miles At 5am it's still dark and I wake up to a noise. I see a red light and realize someone is walking down the trail with their headlamp on the red setting so as to be unobtrusive. Well. Nothing like someone else overachieving to get my ass out … Continue reading Day Ten: Butt Chafe Is Forever
Mile 73 to mile 80 7 miles My alarm goes off at 5:30 and I think I do a pretty good job getting ready quickly. I hit snooze once (oops, old habits die hard) but then I'm up and eating breakfast and getting things together. When I pop my head out of my tent at … Continue reading Day Nine: Rejuvenation in Julian
Mile 59.5 to mile 73 + .5 (walk from Sunrise Trail Junction parking lot to PCT) 14 miles It doesn't feel appropriate to complain about the wind last night, seeing as I was in a bed in a trailer and the other dudes were all in their tents, but...it was very windy. So windy that … Continue reading Day Eight: Prickly Pear & Prickly Scissors