Even though we had hiked late last night, we still decided to get up before first light and continue on the trail. Soon we were surrounded by wind turbines as the trail weaved through the many structures. At first it was a novelty, but soon we were missing the quiet of being out here.
It is a a 20 mile hike from Hiker Town to the next water source so our packs are heavily loaded with water. As we climb upwards, we can feel the heat of the day on us. There is no shade except for our umbrellas. The trail becomes washed out in places and foot placement becomes tricky as we make our way towards the spring. We are continually having one foot below the other as the trail gives way on the sandy hillside. When we finally reach the spring, a lonely tree provides us with some shade for a needed break. We have elevation to gain before dropping down to a small valley. The heat is draining and a very small area of shade next to a small hill is calling our name. We snuggle up to the shade and with our umbrellas up, we escape for a moment some of the heat. As we lose our shade, we decide to move on. We make a plan to head up the mountain once again, have dinner and then hike more as the evening cools. We still have a ways to go before we can obtain water. Our pace slows as the trail steepens. Finally a flat spot enables us to cook our dinner. The rest feels good and we start hiking again. In about a mile, we come upon unexpected trail magic set up at a campsite. Our first reaction is that someone is using the site, but as we get closer we see a sign welcoming hikers. Chairs are set in a circle,
There is also plenty of water.
Miles hiked 20
Today our hike would be easy! It was only 17 miles to Tehachapi. We had plenty of water and it was downhill! First we were surrounded by yellow flowers.
Miles hiked 17