Today: 20 miles
PCT mile: 293
Total: 300.5 miles
The sun came shining right through my window to wake me up with its cheery little face this morning 🙂 When I gave in to the day that was already upon me and rolled over, Sarah came by “I found a rock for you,” and left a heart rock by my door 🙂 Awwww that just made my soul smile in the morning sun!
I was thankful for the dry condition of my sleeping setup and tent this morning, considering we were dancing with thunderclouds yesterday evening I felt it was a treat to be able to pack everything up dry! I ate about 3 times the breakfast I did at the beginning of the trail, but I hike so much happier when I have a solid breakfast in me! But that’s my body. Sarah’s body doesn’t crave that big breakfast, but it wants to eat every 2 hours. And I am quickly coming to that stage too! We stopped about every 5 miles to rest and snack today. It was a good system for everything but our snack bags which have nearly been halfway depleted and it’s day 2 of 5 before the next resupply! I feel the time is quickly approaching when it will not even be possible to completely satisfy the hunger on the trail and self control will be of utmost importance to ration the edibles we have! Hiker hunger. It’s on the move.
We hiked along a ridge above big bear lake for awhile and took our 1st snack break overlooking the lake and measly grassy ski resort. The bombay spice chickpeas did a face plant on the dirt! TRAGIC!!! Of course I joined them in the dirt, picking up all the pieces big enough and popping them in my mouth. Wasting them was NOT an opinion!
We then turned north around the mountain, away from the lake to view the other side. Rock quarry! Stands out like a moon in the middle of the pine trees on the hill.
We end up playing leap frog on the trail with a whole new group of people, passing them when they stop for breaks, being passed by them when we stop, flip-flopping with them all the way down the trail. Blue Cheese and Sweaty Balls were a new couple we were flip-flopping with, German and Swedish. Z was almost sprinting down the trail but must have taken long breaks because we passed him up a couple times too. The leap-frogging was getting quite entertaining as we were tagging each other “it” as we passed.
We also came across Greer, Diesel, and Rock Sucker. Greer came down the trail at one point just behind me yelling “phone!” only to find out it was MY phone! Goodness gracious Greer I would have been so handicapped this trip without my phone! An unfortunate reality even in the woods 😦 Diesel and I met in a very bare section of trail. We’ll just say that nature was calling loud, and diesel came around the corner HOT! With all but a tumbleweed between my releasing bladder and this new hiker friend, we exchanged the akward “uh, ummm sry, its ok, uhh” with nothing to be done but let him fly by while i finish my business, only to get to the bottom of the hill for Sarah to introduce me to her new friend Diesel! I’m sure my face instantly got “sunburned” as all sorts of trail names were thrown out hahahaha
Rock Sucker doesn’t know that’s his name yet. He’s a unique guy that has his own sometimes unconventional ways of doing things and will avoid identifying questions but freely offer tips for life on the trail. We met him on our way to big bear, later saw his mom was asking about his whereabouts on facebook, so it was a pleasant surprise to find him today – he made it through to big bear! Somehow we made it to the topic of food, probably because it’s on our minds more than off now. We shared how people always tell us we are carrying too much food, but yet we eat it all! We just eat a lot lol He quickly responded with how beautiful our bodies were and what nice legs we had, then proceeded to share with us how sometimes when he’s short on food he will suck on a small rock and trick his body into thinking it’s candy! If I ever start sucking on rocks for food, send me a care package 🙂