I woke up at 5:49 am, seeing light but no sun. The mosquitoes were humming so loud, I could hear them through my earplugs. Anticipating a swarm, I suited up in full bug gear to go get water. Once I got outside, I realized that it wasn’t mosquitoes after all. I’d been sleeping next to […]Read more "PCT Day 28: Just Keep Going"
Up early to beat the heat, the girls headed down the trail. Fish Nugget wasn’t doing so well in the 80-90 degree weather and hoped to avoid another all-day headache. I left soon after at 7:03 am, a new record for me. The cool morning air felt fantastic. Walking alongside beautiful Fontanillis Lake, I worked […]Read more "PCT Day 26: A Boring Day on the Trail"
A late start today, I was the last one out at 10:00 am. I walked beside Aloha Lake, marveling at the stillness of the water, feeling the heat of the sun. Today would be another scorcher for sure. Toward the end of the lake, I saw two little boys paddling around the many rock formations […]Read more "PCT Day 25: Heatwave"
We packed up fast, ready to get back on the trail. Fish Nugget and Squarepants wanted to go to the beach one more time, so I said I’d meet them at Sprouts. I walked over, got a coffee and settled into a nice, spacious corner with outlets where I could plug in the electronics. The Hubby […]Read more "PCT Day 24: If a Tree Falls in the Forest"
I woke up late, not sure why. The girls got going first, and I was out by 9:50 AM. I felt pretty good today, like this might be the day my hiker feet and legs finally kicked in. One could only hope. The trail started uphill, with a lot of windy ridge walking. There were tons of […]Read more "PCT Day 20: Trail Magic"
Icky came over to chit-chat at camp last night. Talkative and entertaining, she didn’t ask me a single question. I find that so odd. Like, how can you have a conversation with another human being and not ask them anything? Am I that boring? I got up and headed out onto the trail ahead of […]Read more "PCT Day 19: Trail People"
I screamed at the top of my lungs but heard only silence. Ducky hiked away. I wanted to say goodbye, yet all I could manage was a breathy squeak, like Rose in the movie Titanic, when she tried to yell for rescue after bobbing around the freezing Atlantic all night. Where was my whistle? Powerless, I awoke […]Read more "PCT Day 16: A Day in the Life"
Last night I slept hot for once. Had summer finally arrived? I woke up in the morning at 7:15 and was out on the trail by 9:45. The girls woke up later and still left earlier, argh! My old-school tent was way too complicated compared to theirs. Today we enjoyed an easy, fairly level hike […]Read more "PCT Day 11: Tripping Through Yosemite"
Awake in the dark, I threw off the nanoblanket after a rush of heat. My body felt achy almost everywhere. I could not get comfy. My tent had been sandwiched into an awkward, sloping spot with lumps underneath. Much as I love the Zrest, it did not provide enough padding. I debated the middle-of-night-pee, finally […]Read more "PCT Day 10: Double Crossings"
Wow, nine days already. Where had the time gone? This morning I talked to a Euro PCT hiker camped nearby, a nice, quiet guy. He said he did 24 miles yesterday and was doing 20 today, holy shit. I said 10 was a big day for me. He told me that there’d been a deer […]Read more "PCT Day 9: Four Days from Anywhere"