Day 54, June 7
1/4 mi past Joshua Tree Spring to flat spot ~ mi 687.5 ~22 mi
Tons of condensation on the tent in AM, though most probably from the previous day packed wet, oops. Slow, leisurely morning. Two coffees, oh the joy! Started hiking about 7:30 very late but no hurry. Got warm fast- lots of uphill and switchbacks- I felt so HUNGRY today! Finally I got to Ridge top campsites and found I had cell reception, did some emails and got a text from Wired that they spent the night at Walker Pass and aren’t in a hurry. That’s cool, I’m enjoying my solo time.
Generally, quail annoy me. They look so silly with their Elvis hair-curl and they have the oddest fast/slow uneven pace when they swagger. The particular high purr of their wings when they take flight startles me every time. That’s pretty much every day out here- these birds are all over the place. Any way, today I saw some grown ones doing their funny walk with a whole bunch of wee babies. Awe, super cute!
Today I thought how I pity those with a late start, it’s gonna be sweltering hot- probably borderline dangerous. Weatherwise, I’m very pleased with my hike and my timing. Also I feel pretty good and strong now. THis 6 day stretch, carrying more food and doing big miles is working out great. Body good!
I didn’t see any humans today. I was slow all morning and thought that group I saw near the bear should catch up, and that Jackass should have caught up- I think that was him napping at the top after Walker Pass. Hmm. I enjoyed a perfect and luxurious dinner break at the stream at Cannebrake Rd (mi 682.4) I filtered water, dried my wet tent and bag, washed socks, rested picnic-style on my tryvek, soaked and cleaned my feet, washed up, and ate yummy MH Beef Stew (very British!!) that I’d found in Rockin’s hiker box. I drank yummy red caffeinated Great Value (walmart) drink mix. This is livin’ baby!
I went a few more miles, uphihll, until 8 pm when I found a real nice spot for my tent before the burned area. So quiet and calm. I should have just the right amount of food to get to Kennedy Meadows tomorrow (did I mention how many hours I fantasized about cold beer?) I should get there for late lunch. Good work, me.