Day 17: Zero in Big Bear

17 April 2021 Zero in Big Bear No PCT Miles Hiked! Today was delightfully slow. We woke up and it was too cold to go get coffee, so we just did the hotel breakfast here at the Best Western Big Bear Chateau. It turned out to be quite good, even though we had to bring…

Day 16: I Need Pants

16 April 2021 Heart Bar Creek to Onyx Summit PCT Mile 242.2 to 252.1 Brrrrrrrrrr!!!! Our water bottles froze last night. And we heard from folks at the hotel that it got down to 26 degrees! I managed to stay warm wearing all my clothes in my sleeping bag — but just from the waist…

Day 15: Soooooo much up!

15 April 2021 Mission Creek to Heart Bar Creek PCT Mile 225.9 to 242.2 Last night was such a great sleep! Perfect temperature and no wind and a wonderful site. Today we had to climb over 6,000 feet. It was only 16 miles but it felt like the 23 we did on the ridge up…

Day 14: Whitewater

14 April 2021 Tamarack Road to Mission Creek PCT Mile 209.6 to 225.9 It was so nice to sleep in a bed out of the wind last night. And since the weather was going to be cool, we planned a leisurely 10am departure. Just enough time for me to catch up with the blog! But…

Day 13: A Windy and Windy Descent

13 April 2021 Fuller Ridge Campground to Tamarack Road PCT Mile 190.5 to 209.6 It was COLD last night! It seemed about high 30s. I slept in all my clothes except my rain jacket to keep warm, which was fine, but it was painful getting up to pee with shoes still wet from the snow….

Day 12: Snowy San Jacinto

12 April 2021 Red Tahquitz to Fuller Ridge Trailhead PCT Mile 174.5 to 190.5 Boy did I sleep well last night! It was calm and chilly in the little sandy saddle we camped in, and I only woke up twice to pee and both times fell right back asleep. You know it was a tough…

Day 11: Rollercoaster Ridge

11 April 2021 Highway 74 to Red Tahquitz PCT Mile 151.8 to 174.5 What a day! I am spent. We started this morning by picking up Goose at his B&B and then headed to Pine Valley Cafe to see if I could find some things I lost under a tree there. No such luck, but…

Day 10: Zero in Idyllwild

10 April 2021 Zero Day in Idyllwild No PCT Miles Hiked! Today has been super mellow. Half Cookie and I are staying at the Idyllwild Inn with lovely cabins and free laundry. For breakfast we ordered take-out coffee and pastries at the main place downtown and enjoyed the quirkiness of the town while we waited….

Day 9: Seven Hours in Paradise

9 April 2021 Base of Lookout Mountain to Highway 74 PCT Mile 149.9 to 151.9 It was windy again last night and I still had to battle the slow leak in my sleeping pad, so sleep was more an intermittent dream state than a solid 8 hours. Half Cookie is bringing me a new sleeping…

Day 8: A New Friend

8 April 2021 Mike’s Place to the base of Lookout Mountain PCT Mile 126.9 to 149.9 I had to get up to pee three times last night. This ordinarily wouldn’t be a problem, but there is a designated spot at Mike’s Place called “the shitters” that required a long windy walk through chaparral in the…

Day 7: Eagle Rock

7 April 2021 Barrel Spring to Mike’s Place PCT Mile 101.1 to 126.9 I slept really well last night! Frogs were croaking owls were hooting and I heard all that for about 15 minutes before I conked. The early walk this morning took us through gorgeous cow pastures full of goldfields, lupines, and poppies, and…

Day 6: One Hundred Miles!

6 April 2021 Scissors Crossing to Barrel Spring PCT Mile 77.3 to 101.1 This morning I quietly left my hotel room with the still-sleeping Zac in time to catch a 7am shuttle with a trail angel back from Julian to Scissors Crossing. I guess that time is reserved for the elderly because I was the…