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Begins: May 1, 2012
Date: Mon, May 7th, 2012
Start: Mount Laguna campground
End: Scissors crossing--13 mi. SE of Julian
Daily Distance: 13
Trip Distance: 21.0
Entry Visits: 700
Journal Visits: 924
Guestbook Views: 47
Guestbook Entrys: 0
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Mile 77. Had a tough haul from Mount Laguna campground (Mi. 43) to Scissors Crossing (Mi. 77) near Julian. Still nursing my rt knee. I also changed my footbeds from Superfeet to Sofsoles. The thinking was softer insoles would be more shock absorbing and alleviate some of the tenderness in the knee. That was a big mistake. I didn't have any blisters mile 0 thru 43. After changing to the new insoles my feet started blistering. AHHH!!! All this is funny because I read about these super-hikers that can hike for ten's of thousands of miles effortlessly. Really---OK, what's your secret because I'm dying.
The scenery has been great. Many people don't like the desert. It's hot and uninviting. That's true. Hiking comfortably thru the desert requires skill. You need plenty of water and sunscreen. Some people don't use any sunscreen and just keep completely covered. It's also best to hike in the early morning, rest in the heat of the day, then resume hiking after 4pm. Many desert flowers are in full bloom. The colors have been awesome.
I've passed a couple rattlesnakes but haven't seen one yet. They rattle in the bushes when you walk by just to let you know they're there. I have seen lots of horned toads, a racer snake, one Jerusalem cricket and a bright-bright moon. The moon has been like a flashlight shinning in my eyes while trying to sleep.
I love the hiking but the pain is real. My feeling about completing the trail is linked with how I feel from moment to moment. When I'm feeling good, I think I can do this. When I'm uncomfortable I get pessimistic.
While I'm hiking I create a mental list of discomforts. I'm a happier camper when the list is short. I treat the list just like any to do list. Anything I can remedy quickly I give top priority. I'll adjust my shoe lace tightness or apply more sunscreen. I'll eat a cliff bar to give an energy boost. Take a drink of water, etc. Some items cant be dealt with right away. Offloading heavier items for lighter more functional gear. New batteries for flashlight and a power outlet to recharge my camera battery. These things have to wait until I get to a proper town.
I've really enjoyed the people I've been hiking with. When an unpleasant mindset digs in, talking is a helpful distraction. When I hike by myself I get analytical. I guess I think I can think my way out of discomfort. Nope--It doesn't work.