Wow. The first day of a 2,650 mile journey. I woke up really early, about 5 AM, to pack up and catch my ride to the border. Kevin and I made it to the rideshare area about 6:10 and loaded our packs into HoosierDaddy’s car, then got some breakfast to fuel up for the grueling day. As we rode to the border, I chatted with HoosierDaddy about the PCT and tips on hiking, then shot some video as we got close. Soon after driving through Campo, CA, HoosierDaddy announced that we’d be seeing the border over the hill past some eletric lines.
We came over the hill and beheld the wall seperating the United States from Mexico. It was no longer a line on a piece of paper; my dream had become a reality! The morning sun was coming up on the gleaming trucks of the border patrol, something that would be a common sight until well past Mt. Laguna, according to HoosierDaddy. We hopped out of the care, along with about 7 other excited thru-hikers and started taking pictures of us at the Southern Terminus monument. There were a lot of other hikers starting that day, so while we got to the border at 6:30ish, we didn’t leave until 8:30 or so.
It was a beautiful day, as most days seem to be in the Southern California area. We met quite a few thrus on our trek, including some who I would go on to see for awhile along the trail, and meet up with again later. Kevin and I made all 21.6 miles back to Lake Morena Campground by 9 that night, where we were greeted by cheering hikers at a party thrown by the Andersons, the trail angels from Casa de Luna. After some socializing, the hikers got to bed for the next day. More miles tomorrow!