Hello dear friends!! I have been very negligent in posting on this blog!! Somehow 250 miles have slipped by and we are now in Wrightwood, CA at mile 369. So much has happened since the last post in Warner Springs, it’s overwhelming to think about trying to recount it all. I’ll try to keep it simple, and perhaps brief, as the Wrightwood Library computer is giving me a 30 minute time limit.
Wow, where to start? This has definitely been an adventure so far. It is an incredible opportunity and experience, but it has its fair share of challenging moments. I find I need to remind myself every day that we are CHOOSING to be here and that I should probably stop complaining about my heavy pack, hurting feet, or the boiling (or freezing) temperatures. The past few hundred miles have seen it all: high points and low points (both emotional and literal), 100 degree days and 25 mile waterless sections, snow and freezing temperatures, idyllic mountain towns, barren stretches of desert, and endless mountains. We’ll finish with one mountain pass just to round a bend and see that another awaits us, or finish descending 8,000 feet into a desert basin just to see that another, larger climb is next. The terrain is constantly changing and is constantly up and down. I have moments where I get pointlessly frustrated and mad at the trail, the rocks, the trees, even the little lizards that frequently dart in front of me. Why are we out here walking all day, anyway? What what will we gain from it? But, amidst the frustration, there are so many moments in each day that make it worth it. We’re seeing SO much of the West Coast, and we’re still only in Southern California. The beauty of our surroundings is overwhelming. All we have to do is walk each day, and that affords so much time for thinking and reflecting. It is really an incredible gift. And, we are meeting so many unique, interesting, and amazing people along the way.
After Warner Springs, we hiked about 70 miles through some of the hottest temperatures to Idyllwild, an extremely cute little town nestled in the San Bernadino mountains. During these days, I developed horrible blisters on the tops of both my big toes, and one blister started to get infected. We decided to take a day off in Idyllwild to give the infection some time to heal, which it did (thankfully!!). After Idyllwild we hiked about 5 days to the town of Big Bear (mile 266). AAHHH unfortunately my time on this computer is running short! I will illustrate the rest of this post through pictures. Sorry for the short post! I’ll try not to let so much time pass until the next one. Next town up is Agua Dulce, mile 454, where I think we’ll take a day off. I miss all of you dear friends and family members, and hope everyone is doing well. Thank you ALL for your support and love!!