PCT mile 503.05 to 517.60
The pre-dawn bird chirping awoke me as usual and so I started packing. I slept great last night, due in big part, I am sure, to yesterday’s long uphill workout.
Today I thought should be easy: 15 miles and 4,000 feet downhill to the Mojave Desert. The PCT had a bit more of a workout planned for me….
Here’s the Mojave Desrt in the morning sun with the reflections not from lakes but from solar panels
At the base of the mountains I encountered a small shady stream. It was nice and cool sitting in the shade and drinking copious amounts of fresh, cool water. I just needed to be mindful of the Stinging Nettles.
Even after the trail wound through another four miles of dry desert hills as the morning turned to noontime. It was hot and there was very little shade. Luckily I had my sun-brella to help create my traveling shade.
Despite the arid heat, there were still many poppies in ones and twos but also in large bunches
The owner has created a number of small cottages, some of wood, some out of containers, some out of trailers, that he rents out for $10-$20 per night and makes them look like an old west town. I scored my own trailer for the night
He provides sodas and beer for a small cost and drives up 4 miles to town for meal runs. I did my laundry and took a much needed shower and then, while sitting in the shade, I updated blogs, chatted with fellow hikers, greeted new arrivals and said happy trails to people heading out.
Sleep came easy!
Thanks for reading!