Day 43: Chillin’ in Tehachapi

May 3, 2018 00.0 Woke up early, as usual, and tiptoed downstairs to find Scott making strong coffee in a French press. I about fainted with delight. It was my first cup of really good, non-instant coffee in SO long! While I sipped my coffee Scott insisted on making bacon and eggs for everyone. IContinue reading “Day 43: Chillin’ in Tehachapi”

Day 42: The Day I Met Some of My All-Time Favorite People

May 2, 2018 00.0 I awoke the next morning and packed everything up in anticipation of getting a reliable ride to Tehachapi. It was not to be. I saw neither hide nor hair of Richard all morning, but I remained optimistic by posting a message to the PCT Trail Angel Facebook page that I’d beContinue reading “Day 42: The Day I Met Some of My All-Time Favorite People”

Day 41: Zero in Hikertown

May 1, 2018 00.0 Last night our room was quite cold, but I guess everyone was so tired that no one felt like getting up and figuring out how to turn the heat on. I shared a big comfy bed with Ghosthiker but I didn’t get much sleep because my legs kept cramping up noContinue reading “Day 41: Zero in Hikertown”

Day 40: Where MC Camel Tries to Help

April 30, 2018 498.2-517.6 Despite the wind continuing all night long and into the morning, my tent fly was soaked when I woke up. The temperature was still frigid. I would later come to miss those desert mornings when I didn’t have to get out of my tent to get my food bag or bearContinue reading “Day 40: Where MC Camel Tries to Help”

Day 39: That day I had to pee, like, 20 times!

April 29, 2018 478.2-498.2 Even though all was quiet in the Magical Manzanita Forest, I woke up at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I waited until 4am and then started to quietly pack my things. Terrie started serving breakfast at 5:45am and Sparky had said they’d like to hitch back to the trailContinue reading “Day 39: That day I had to pee, like, 20 times!”

Day 38: Casa de Luna

April 28, 2018 465.9-478.2 So cold!! I put some DoTerra Deep Blue on the bottoms and sides of both feet and on my leg where most of the pain was yesterday. I also prayed a lot. As usual, I don’t remember much of the day, only that I fell behind and Alias hiked with meContinue reading “Day 38: Casa de Luna”

Day 37: New Dawn, New Day, New Shoes for me.

April 27, 2018 454.5-465.9 I rose early to grab one last quick shower. We’re leaving Hiker Haven today. I’m sad and honestly a little nervous. Since I lanced my blister and took a day off I’m not limping as much. Barely at all, really, but a few people are still looking at me with concern,Continue reading “Day 37: New Dawn, New Day, New Shoes for me.”

Day 36: Give me ALL Your Chipotle Burritos!

April 26, 2018 00.0 The next day we awoke to the sound of a rooster crowing. We’d been warned to keep an eye on the rooster that roamed the property freely, that he was known to attack people when provoked, and also to keep our food safely in our tents or put away somewhere whereContinue reading “Day 36: Give me ALL Your Chipotle Burritos!”

Day 35: Hiker Haven at Last!

April 25, 2018 440.2-454.5 Another early start to try and beat the heat. I’d been knocking back at least 2 ibuprofen every morning with my coffee. We’ll see how the day goes. We descended down to several miles of flat, sandy trail that passed a nice campsite with space for several tents next to aContinue reading “Day 35: Hiker Haven at Last!”

Day 34: So Much Poodle Dog Bush

April 24, 2018 420.8-440.2 I woke up at 4:25am and shut off my alarm so it wouldn’t wake anyone. I decided to lay there another 5 minutes to let my brain wake up, and then it was 5:20 and I immediately let the air out of my pad and started throwing things together and makingContinue reading “Day 34: So Much Poodle Dog Bush”