Mile 100.1 to mile 109.5
We had a much better night in the tent last night. The wind had calmed down and we had good cover to block what wind there was.
We both woke up pretty sore from the previous day's hiking and we knew we did not have many miles to cover today to get to Warner Springs so we took our time getting up and ready. Mandie had a poptart for breakfast and I had a handful of dried mangoes because that is all we had left, or so I thought.
It was 7:45 am by the time our feet hit the trail, late by hiker standards. We covered the 1.1 miles to Barrel Springs where we stopped to fill our water bladders from a trough. As we were sitting on a log trying to get warm on this cold morning Mandie suggested that we make the last of the beans we had. I totally forgot we had some beans. That made my morning. We cooked up the beans and made a very weak cup of coffee. Yes, coffee and beans, we like to live dangerously.
After second breakfast we packed up our things and headed off, crossing Montezuma Valley Road. We weaved in and out of some low foothills steadily climbing as we went. There were lots of Stink Bugs, of all sizes, lining the trail munching on small plants. When we reached the top we could see a large meadows spanning across the horizon. This is what I have been waiting for, a break from the mountains and desert.
The meadows were dotted with beautiful yellow, orange, and purple flowers. None of which we know the names of except for our state flower, the California Poppy (Eschscholtzia Californica). We picked as many of those as we could and made a beautiful bouquet. I'm kidding.
We finally made it to Eagle Rock, a natural rock formation that looks exactly like an Eagle with its wings spread. There was a group of day hikers there already taking pictures so we waited until it was our turn. While we waited we chatted with another couple who are hiking the PCT, Mighty Mouse and Tom Cat. A super nice couple that we hope to see us again. They gave us some good advice, to slow down and cut our miles back, which i think we will listen too. I'm sure it was easy to see on our faces how tired, hungry, and in pain we were. Thank you for the advice!
After taking pictures of each other posing silly with the rock we donned our packs and headed off to do another 3.2 miles to Warner Springs.
|Outback Steakhouse, Temecula|
As a thank you Mandie and I treated our Trail Angels to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Mandie and i went to Outback far too often after our weekend hikes so it was something that we were really craving. It was delicious and we finally had full bellies. After dinner we were dropped off at a Holiday Inn Express where we swiftly checked in and hit the showers. Oh it feels good to be clean and in a bed.
Tomorrow we plan on doing a whole lot of nothing so our bodies can recuperate.