Wake up at 5am - roll up sleeping pad, stuff sleeping bag into it's compression sac and take down the tent. Sun's barely illuminating the sky - use moonlight. Change out of warm woollies and into hiking shorts and shirt. Keep moving to stay warm. Mix up carnation instant breakfast with instant coffee - drink it cold. Put everything in backpack and start walking. 6am sun can't peak over some mountains. Keep walking til the sun hits your back. Put sunglasses on. Eat snacks. Keep walking. Keep collecting thoughts and photos.
It was the night of the lunar eclipse and we made sure to have the best seats in the house.
Due to fire damage a good chunk of the PCT was closed. Most people decided to hitch a ride to Idyllwild, we decided to take the 3 day alternate.
Grasshopper - now Padawan
Bolder sitting — a common PCT pastime.
Medicine Man getting the meat sweats while attempting to eat a 5 pound burger in 45 minutes. According to the pictures on the wall the feat has only been accomplished once.
Hiking up and out of Idyllwild with Princess and Papa Bear.
Papabear don't like the cold — often rocks the double puffy at night.
Mr. Sandals begins a grueling 6,000ft + descent (upper right about a third of the way down.)
Water tanks outside of magic mikes.
Not dangerous. Rattlesnake sightings = 0. Hiss.
I use the word nice so often it's starting to lose its definition. Nice!
Canada Verde — plenty of lone pastoral trees in need of picnics.
Moonrise - not shopped.
I wish to meet this thunder doctor. Trail magic after a grueling 20 mile waterless shadeless stretch.
A thin layer of Gore-Tex is all that separates me from being homeless.