We spend the morning at Hiker Heaven, finishing charging our electronics, giving Don a haircut and talking to the other hikers. Most left this morning after they had spent a zero here, (a day without hiking) and we are planning a nero (a day with only some hiking). Several plaques on the wall tell the story of the dedication of the owners to hikers!
Donna, the owner, loads up her truck with hikers to drive them a mile into town where they had exited the trail. We take off and a short road walk leads us back to the PCT trail. The wind has picked up again and the exposed ridges are windy.
Miles hiked 10
It was another cold morning with frost on the tent. Since we knew we had a lot of elevation to lose we got on the trail about 5:30 and started walking. The lower we got the warmer the temps. This didn't last long as we were soon heading back up and the temperatures dropped. In the distance a dark cloud was covering all of the mountains and it soon was upon us with snow and wind.
Every year a woman who hiked the PCT in the early 2000's makes up bandanas for all thru hikers which are given out at places like this. A row of Hawaiian shirts are available for hikers to put on and begin to party. Paints are available to decorate rocks with sayings of your choice. They were scattered around the property. Here are some examples.
Every evening Teri make taco salad for the hikers and in the morning Joe makes pancakes, Behind their house on public lands, they have carved out 60 tent sites in a magical forest. It is a place for making memories. We enjoyed our time here, but with it being so early in the day we decided to hike on. Going on meant a big up and then back down. By the evening we were down at a lower elevation and experiencing warm temperatures. No dull moments hiking the PCT.
Miles hiked 20
By morning the wind had died and we were looking at a long climb up. The water report said that water was flowing from a spring near the top. Indeed it was and we were able to fill enough water to get to the next water 20 miles away. We are going to look forward to the Sierras, where we will not need to carry so much water.
Since we are hiking at a lower elevation, the main trees are oak and manzanita trees. We walk under a canopy of branches.
Miles hiked 23
We left Horse camp with two other hikers this morning, Super Vegan and Yoga Bae, This is the first time since we started hiking that we are actually hiking with others. We were all headed to Hiker Town, where we will have to make a decision of taking off later this afternoon or spending the night there and getting up really early to hike the aqueduct when the temps are cooler. Meanwhile we have a 10 mile hike to get to Hiker Town. In the distance we can see the area that we will be hiking. It will be the most flat area that we will have walked on.
There were so many flowers in a variety of colors on this morning's hike.
We caught up with several more hikers who were also heading to Hikertown.
We were greeted by this sign as we walked thru the gate to start our hike.
Miles hiked 20