Today I woke up early due to Bill screwing around rustling in his tent beside me. I got out of my tent because I saw purple colour in the sky and wanted to get a photo of the sunrise. It turned out to be one of the most amazing sunrise this I’ve ever seen in my life... maybe thats because I've only been awake to see a few. (Usually, I'm a get up bright eyed and bushy tailed by 9am kinda person) so I woke up everyone at camp by walking around to each tent and loudy whispering "heyyyy are you guys up? You NEED to see this sunrise.. life or death right now." Needless to say everyone was very happy for the early wake up call. I hiked on with Bill and Ty today until Lake Morena (Mile 20) Very grateful that I met them. Bill's trail name is "trail boss" and rightfully so as he always was in front and knew how much farther and where to go.
Just before we descended into Hauser Creek, FarOut (the guide we use for hiking the PCT) told us there was a water cache at the top but unfortunately it was empty when we arrived We rested a while to eat and chat with other hikers before continuing to ascend out of Hauser. We made it to camp by 3pm. We hiked a total of 11. 2 miles with less than 3 L of water. The desert is truly unforgiving with the heat and my feet have never been so sore. When we arrived I set up camp while the "old timers" took a shower and got their gear into their truck because they were only going from Campo-Lake Morena as section hikers this time around. They graciously gave rides to some of the other hikers to the store for food. After we ate at the Malt Shop I said goodbye to them. It was absolutely amazing meeting those two wonderful humans. I hope that I can see them again soon. Talking with other hikers and eating meals that wasn't ramen was just what I needed (even though my meal kinda sucked) Adam and I did a little quick resupply after our meal and got back to camp to shower... which was glorious and felt amazing. Then I ate more ramen. Today I also gave out my first trail name to Adam a.k.a. hiccup (we met the night before and again when I woke him for the sunrise with the others) Before I got into my tent I saw the sunset again and took photos of the stars. Now I’m in my tent, in my toasty warm sleeping bag after rolling out my feet and my calves with my trusty cork ball and I’m ready fall asleep.