5/27 Start 9am mile 406 End 8pm mile 427.5 One hour break with nap – cooked on trail before camp
Well, today was a pretty good day. Today was Memorial Day and I couldn’t help but think about and miss home and family because we celebrate this holiday every year. But I didn’t let it get me down. I hiked pretty well today. I got up late, 7:09 am! But that was because I got to camp late last night, 8:15pm and tired and worn out. So I planned on a bit extra sleeping time. I camped with Katie (North Carolina solo female) and Ugliest Cheerleader, an older guy I met near Big Bear and who completed the trail last year and always tells us what is ahead (kind of annoying).
I filtered water at a very shallow pool of a seasonal stream that was just down the trail , thank god it was there!, and came back to eat breakfast and get packed. Katie had just awoken and said that she was going to head back to the Hwy, 3.5 miles back, to hitch a ride to Acton or Agua Dulce because her knee was hurting like she was developing tendonitis. I told her that it was probably a good idea although I would miss hiking with her and I would see her in Agua Dulce. I thought to myself how lucky I was. I could easily have been in her situation with my foot, and I am not. My feet are doing much better since i put the insoles in my shoes (thank you!!). And my knees feel better too.
So, I was back to hiking solo today. Not too bad. I was a bit tired in the am (all climbing to the next spring which was surrounded with poodle dog bush!). Poodle dog bush was the name of the day! How to avoid rubbing against it!
– Station Fire detour 4.6 miles
_ Water at fire station, six liters!
– Adventure to find a cam spot among all the poodle dog bush
– Lots of firecracker penstemon and big flowers mountain phlox (large pink/purple flowers)