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Our wonderful friend David took Bacon, Meander, Y and me to the
trailhead to start the next leg. There to see us off was Billy Goat,
Unbreakable, and No Trace, 3 terrific people we got to know better in
Idyllwild. We didn't start hiking until about 10:30, so it was a
shorter day. As always, it felt good to get going. Our packs were
heavy with 6 days of food and 3 liters of water. We decided to dump a
liter before starting, which was a mistake. We didn't run out, but we
weren't able to dry camp. We had to find a camp with water, and the
only one we were sure of was Cedar Springs, a mile off the trail. It
also started to get cold and windy ( a combination we are tired of),
so we decided to go down to the springs to find a camp and water. It
was a good decision, we are camped among tall cedars blocking the
wind, and the water is good. The Flying Kiwis honored us with their
presence a few minutes ago, and Bag Lady may show up, too. She's had a
rough day. She lost her wallet the other day, canceled all her cards,
then the wallet was found. Since she had canceled everything, and
can't get new cards sent to her on the road, it's quite a pickle.
Tomorrow we will hit snow. We have been talking about this stretch of
trail for so long. It will be good to get it over with and finally be
done with Apache Peak and Fuller Ridge.
Amanda, a wonderful woman who owns Artisans in Idyllwild and who
stored our bounce boxes, told me my picture was in the local paper a
week ago with an article about the PCT. I ran into the paper office
before we left today and they had a copy. Sure enough, my picture is
there along with a story about what people were doing about the snow
issues north of here I mailed it to Dave.
The tree shown in this picture grows all over. It's a manzanita, with
deep red colored wood. Right now it is in bloom, with heather-like
blossoms(it's related to heather).
Bag Lady just arrived!