Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 3

Day 3
Miles 25.5-39

-I was cold last night, even though I was in my 19 degree sleeping bag. I have not set up my tent yet. Woke up at 5:00am. Left around 6:15 am (Zog isn't used to hiking out so early) which was later than I had planned, but I am really enjoying his company and he is new to this.) He says he has already learned so much from me in the 24 hours we have known each other. 
-Stopped at a campground for water and so Zog could eat breakfast. Left at 7:00am. Hiked out. It started getting hot one hour in. I've got to become totally nocturnal because this heat is killing me! 
-Hiked till about 10:00am. Found an off-trail water source at a campground. It was a 2 mile round trip detour from the trail. Zog and I headed to the campground and paid the day use fee of $5 so we could relax and siesta during the heat of the day. Later, a hiker named Essie joined us, followed by the 2 Germans Work Hard and his wife Bridget. It was a fun reunion, but I had to leave for the trail in the evening. Zog and Essie decided to night hike with me. They were both amazed at how much nicer hiking is at night when it's about 30% F cooler than the day time. I am so happy I did this massive climb at night! It would have taken me forever if I had done it in the day. Essie camped early. Zog and I pushed on to mile 39. This was Zog's highest mileage day since he got on the PCT, and he was exhausted. We decided to wake up at 4:30am so we could hike into Mt. Laguna in the cool part of the morning. We did a total of 15.5 miles. 

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