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Huff And Puff - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2017

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Huff and Puff
City: Temecula
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 10, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 29th, 2017
Start: I-10 on Tuesday
End: Big Bear
Trip Distance: 47.1

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Saturday April 29 in Big Bear

Hello everyone. Well it's Saturday and we made it to Big Bear. Will myself and our hiking companion Asia has been wandering through the mountains and foothills of Big Bear since Tuesday. So I will catch up with whatever I can remember from the Past 4 days. As you recall we got to the interstate 10 underpass on Monday evening and my daughter picked us up and took us into Indian Wells where we stayed the night in a Motel 6. She picked us up the next morning with new supplies and clean clothes and took us to the trailhead at the I-10 underpass. That was a very late start for us and we only got in about 9.8 miles. We stayed the night at the Whitewater Preserve on a very soft grassy lawn. I never knew that place was there and I highly recommend you visit it take the Whitewater exit off of the I-10 either direction. It used to be an old Trout Farm but they've turned it into a picnic area and a very nice Preserve. We left The Preserve very early the next morning and got going mostly uphill approximately 12.4 miles. all the way up we were constantly Crossing either the Whitewater River or Mission Creek. Luckily no wet feet and no swimming Adventures to mention. So Wednesday night we camped next to Mission Creek on a nice sandy spot and have a good restful night. Occasionally however the creek made me feel like I had to go pee because the constant gurgling noises. Will has been fantastic. I am just so impressed with him and I am enjoying being out here with him. He is keeping a good Pace considering he has this old guy staggering up these hills behind him. I don't know if he gets frustrated having to wait the top of some of the hills for me but he doesn't show it. Asia's been hiking with us still and she's doing very well. It's a pleasure hiking with both of them. I don't know when I'll get my Mountain legs but I hope they get here soon because these uphill climbs are grueling. In one day which was Thursday we did an elevation change from 3200 feet to 8690. That was a very short day for us we did that all in about nine miles. The campground that we stayed at had a really neat natural spring coming right out of the rocks. We still filtered it just because none of us want to get sick and don't want to take chances. The water tastes so good. Friday was another short day mostly because our resupply was meeting a Saturday morning we only did about 9.8 miles on Friday. But Friday night by far has been the worst night for me since starting the hike. I was cold all night long to the point of uncontrolled shivering. The sleeping quilt I'm using is rated for 30 degrees Fahrenheit. When I looked at my thermometer it was reading 34 degrees Fahrenheit. I had my clothes on as well as my long johns on and I was still freezing. It could just be the altitude since the campsite was it 8670 feet. They say never quit something on your worst day so I'm not going to quit yet LOL. At breakfast today it was suggested that we get a hotel room and do a zero-day. Will said he wanted to get more miles in since the last few days have been so short mileage days. Asia declined because she was dealing with her favorite pet cat died last night. So after a quick resupply, we said good bye to Asia and Hope took us back to the trail head. We powered out some more miles and stopped at 297.?. I am hoping for a better night's sleep tonight. I made a phone call to Bill Spalding who said that when we get to Cajon Pass he would pick us up and take us to his home for a shower and a home cooked meal. I hope to be there by Thursday. That means it will have been 11 days of no shower or laundry. LOL. So if we don't have any signal at least you are aware of our travel plans. So good night to everyone. We thank you for your prayers and assistance. Don't forget I am also at Trailjournals.com. I sometimes put stuff there that I forget to put here. Love to all of you. Huff and Puff and son.

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