PCT mile 166.52 to 168.60 (plus 14.2 to get to Idyllwild)
The wind howled all night and was still blowing hard when I awoke pre-dawn. I found that everything inside the tent covered in fine sand. I packed everything I could while in the tent and only then exited to take down and pack the tent. I was worried that with nothing in the tent the wind may pull the stakes and the whole thing would blow off the ridge. I quickly dropped the tent. I didn’t even try to fold up my Tyvek footprint, instead just rolled and folded it and stuffed it in my pack.
The sunrise was beautiful but warned of an approaching storm.
I set off to traverse the ridge a few more miles then drop down into the high desert near Hemet. It turned out that the wind was strongest right where I camped. I flew down the hill sighting a fine looking Alligator Lizard along the way.
I dropped down to a over road that I followed for a few miles. I walked past the Ronald McDonald House Apple Canyon Center and saw this cool sign at the entrance.
Here’s a view of the ridge I just descended.
I immediately checked into my hotel room to drop my pack, visited the Post Office to get my resupply box and got a fresh salad and beer at the Pizza place next door. The staff took my picture and posted it on their PCT Class of 2017 board — how cool is that!
The Idyllwild Inn where I’m staying is great – they have a laundry service and are super friendly and helpful! Highly recommended.
After a nap I donned my same but clean(er) clothes and had BBQ pork for dinner while a live jazz band serenaded me. Nice! It seems that Idyllwild is a music and outdoorsy kind of town.
I slept so well Friday night!
Thanks for reading!