Being overly conservative with our water proved to be a problem when Ben became very dehydrated overnight. We made it to a fire tank around mile 62 where Ben tried to wait out the dehydration under the edge of a bush, while Stacy watched a giant rattlesnake slowly chase a crippled duck. After going through cycles of drinking water and vomiting it back up for most of the day, we met an elderly group of hikers who had taken a beat up old pickup to the water tank. They were exceptionally nice and took Ben to get some Gatorade and dropped both of us off at the Julian Lodge. Ben felt bad about not thanking them better, but he was focusing on not fouling their truck (successfully I might add). We stayed two nights in Julian and it was quite pleasant. Friendly people, good food, nice lodge, and reasonably priced.
Water in the desert! Yum.
In southern California, we came across a few horse troughs (like the one above) that had been overfilled and had no side drain. This provided a stagnate pool for algae to grow. Since the water had so much algae, most folks were trying to pre-filter with a bandanna to prevent their filters from being clogged. We were fortunate because some trail angels had dropped bottled water next to the trough. We wanted to be nice and only took a few liters. This proved to be a problem the next day…
We stayed at Cibbet’s Flat Campground and shared a spot with an older guy on the PCT. He was a retired game warden from Washington. He was basically budgeting 20 miles/day all the way to Canada and we fully believed he would do it. The next morning, we woke up early and enjoyed a pretty cool (~50 deg F) walk up to Mt. Laguna where we saw a sign saying not to throw snowballs. In Mt. Laguna, we picked up a resupply package, ate lunch, and walked to the Laguna Campground. We decided to take a day off since Ben’s shins were bothering him. At the Mt. Laguna Outfitters Ben picked up some compression sleeves that he used on and off for at least 1000 miles.
Hi from the PCT! Note that we managed to lose some pictures from the first few weeks of our trip so not all days have posts/pictures.