Wednesday, April 5 — day 10

PCT mile 129.20 to 149.87
It was a beautiful moon and star filled night on top of the last pass before the San Jacinto mountains.  I slept cowboy style, meaning no tent.  I do this whenever I can usually only tent camping to avoid rain, bugs, wind or cold.

I forgot to mention that the Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp where I attended as a kid is only a few miles from here.  I really enjoyed that place but remember it being cooler 😏.  I am glad it is still there.

Today’s hike will consist of a long downhill and then a lot of up and down hills in arid scrub.  The only water sources are human sources: cisterns, well tanks and water caches.

A few blooms were seen today:

The highlights for me were the water caches though.

Sooooo happy that people stock these!  Note the use of a cup to drink water by…

It was another long, hot day.  The trail passed by the edge of a small remote community and one of the residents has created a wonderful Rest Area for PCT hikers.  This Trail Angel has named it Walden and provided picnic tables, water, sodas, trash and recycle bins, and a tiny library.  It is dedicated to Henry David Thoreau and even has tow life sized cutouts of the author with inspirational quotes. 

This quote particularly resonated with me:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

After a nice visit I continued on to the top of last ridge before highway 74 that leads to Hemet and Idyllwild.  It was late when I found my campsite.

Thanks for reading!

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