Day 12 77.3-85.3
10 miles hiked
So today we woke up and decided that we wanted to beat the heat and evening/night hike out of Scissors Crossing. I haven’t night hiked since the time I fell down a mountain in Canada so I was having some anxiety and panic with that. However, Tom and Jerry said that I’ll be okay and they will stick with me.
We said goodbye to Dave that morning because he wanted to hike early instead and get the day rolling.
We stayed in the cabin till 11 check out and then headed to the pool. Just before that however we found my undies in the hiker box! WOOOHOOO. Mystery will never be solved about what happened to them, but the outcome was better than I hoped.
The pool from 12-2ish was wonderful. Really made the day that much better getting to jump in the pool some more.
Then it was time for a hitch. We had no luck for a long time. Just as we were losing hope... Honey showed up! (and her owner) So we got a hitch with them.
Honey cuddled into my arms and we put our heads out the window together, and then when she got tired she laid her head on my hands.
We headed to Scissors and spent from 2-5:30pm under the underpass.
W were having lots of fun and joking around. Forklift came in clutch with the food we asked her to bring for us (her name is actually uplift, but that day it was forklift)... also she changed her name to forklift later I found out near mile 150 at Paradise valley.
I ate my 4th pie on trail today. 2 in laguna and 2 from mom’s :)
About a half mile into our hike I got a huge thorn in my shoe and it was pushing into my foot. Ouch. Got that taken care of and kept hiking having to catch up to my group after that fiasco. Oh and then I saw my second rattlesnake of the PCT. A baby one and it didn't rattle even though we were basically right on top of it. The little ones are the ones you have to be careful of.
Time to hike into the night. We saw a beautiful sunset and then the stars and moon came out shortly after.
It was breathtaking. I've never experienced a moon so bright or stars so vibrant with light.
They slowed down for me because I have shorter legs and with that a shorter stride so eventually they put me in front to set the pace. (until the night got darker because I was too scared at night to be up front)
We got to camp around 11:30pm.
And I tried cowgirl camping for the first time.
My temporary tramily promised to sleep on either side of me so I wouldn’t be too scared of sleeping without the tent and having bugs and snakes crawl and slither on me.
I thought about my grandma and grandpa a lot that night as I fell asleep. I think they would be very proud of me for facing some fears today.