So today started off by Noodles (AKA Morgan the PT) fixing up my toe and left foot for today’s trek. Jessica rolled her ankle before getting on trail today but she’s okay last I saw her. She got back on for the second last shuttle Carol, I’m wondering where she is but I’m sure I’ll see her at Mount Laguna tomorrow at our next campsite :)
Today, I hiked with Hiccup, but my hip was aching a bit in the right side so I slowed down to my pace again (rookie mistake I know)
A few miles in we took off our packs and hiked a small detour to Kitchner Falls and that was really pretty, steep to get down though so I didn't go all the way and waited for Hiccup to go and take photos. Then we made it to a nice little spot to make some lunch and I had my first ramen bomb! Ramen and butter Idaho potatoes, it was very good and about 1500 calories in one meal. Hiccup made a weird ramen bomb. It was chicken ramen, lemon pepper tuna, and butter mashed potatoes. He swore it tasted good though.
As we were packing up to leave a large trail family walked by and I gave them my twisted tea I had in my pack (didn’t want to carry the weight anymore lol) and we all got a gulp of that to propel us onward the next 3.5 miles.
Hiccup and I hiked with them till their campsite, but because of my hip being sore I hiked with the rear group and he went ahead with the faster hikers.
We got to the campsite with the trail family and Hiccup and I decided to hike on another 2 miles to the next site…. However, as we started up the hill we got about .1 mile in and both decided we weren’t up to hiking anymore today so we ended up backtracking to the Fred canyon campsite and doing the .1 mile “walk of shame back” as we called it and laughed with the other hikers about our failure.
We set up camp up above the rest of the hikers because there was a decent spot above and then two hikers named Augie and Micheal showed up and they asked if they could set up near us. We obviously said yes and we started talking and got along great. We already were jokingly insulting each other by the end of the night and talked until dark. Very cool people to meet. The PCT is truly a wonderful place to meet all sorts of strangers from different places in life who are all working towards the same goal. Walking to Canada. Still haven't quite wrapped my head around what I'm attempting to do.
It still doesn’t seem real to me. I know I haven’t had time to process my emotions yet from my trauma but I will have lots of time to do that. For now I am satisfied with how my hike is going and the people I am meeting daily.
Also… Augie has some ULTRA light camp shoes (If you know you know)