Twig Adventures

Day 103: Cajon Pass

October 16th, 2018 Grassy Hollow Visitor Center mm 370 to Cajon Pass Interstate 15 mm 342 Distance: 28 miles plus a couple miles walking around town 0620 – 1600 I stayed warm overnight but it was very cold out. I even took a benadryl so that I would sleep through the night. The wind continued to rage. I left on all my layers starting out in the morning, including my tights. I was contemplating going into the town of Wrightwood, since I needed groceries and batteries for my Spot device. One mile from camp was a highway where I could hitch. But I got there at 7 am and there was no traffic. I couldn’t bear to stand around in[…]

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Day 102: Wind and Cold

October 15th, 2018 Three Points trailhead mm 403 to Grassy Hollow Visitor Center mm 370 Distance: 33 miles plus 1 extra mile on mandatory alternate 0610 – 1855 The wind rose up fierce overnight and I had a hard time sleeping. My tent was pretty protected but I still had to get up to search for rocks to cover the stakes. Even then, the fabric was vibrating violently and bashing me in the head. I was awake at 3 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I started my routine at 4 am. During that time, my front stake pulled out twice and the tent swallowed me. I couldn’t wait to get the tent down and get out of[…]

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Day 101: The PCT Hiker Fan Club

October 14th, 2018 North Fork Station mm 436 to Three Points trailhead mm 403 Distance: 33 miles 0640 – 1800 Everthing was soaked in the morning and I packed a very wet tent. But the sky was clear and we were treated to a unique scene. There were clouds in the valleys, making it look like the ocean had come in to swallow everything but the mountain peaks. We were now atop a series of islands. We climbed and descended a lot today…8100′ up and 6500′ down. It was tiring but at least it stayed relatively cool all day. For lunch, we came to a trailhead with a water spigot…the first water since our camp 17 miles back. Kuba and[…]

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Day 100: The Race to the Finish Line

October 13th, 2018 Agua Dulce mm 454.5 to North Fork Station mm 436 Distance: 18.5 1145 – 1830 This 100th day was a great one! The title will make more sense later. But first, there were a couple details I left out from yesterday. I didn’t describe my encounter with Cornelius. If you’ll recall from previous blogs, I have a thing for chickens (and ducks, geese, peacocks, and… lots of birds). But especially roosters. Well, the Saufleys had a flock and so I asked Donna if I could catch one. Her reply was ‘good luck, you’ll have to get past Cornelius first.’ Ah, I thought, even better is a sassy rooster. To preface, she did warn me profusely about how[…]

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Day 99: Hiker Heaven

October 12th, 2018 Lake Hughes rd mm 485.5 to Agua Dulce mm 554.5, then Hiker Heaven Distance: 31 miles plus 2 miles walking back and forth to Hiker Heaven 0545 – 1600 I was awake around 4 am, so I just started my morning routine a bit earlier. It was nice to get such an early start on the trail, but of course Stellar and Salty beat me to it. It was a cool morning and also partly cloudy most of the day. The desert conditions continue to be easy on us. About 10 miles in, there was a fire station with a water spigot. It had a warning about Ecoli, so I filtered the water. This appeared to be[…]

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Day 98: Under 500

October 11th, 2018 HWY 138 mm 517.5 to Lake Hughes rd mm 485.5 Distance: 32 miles 0715 – 1800 I was up even earlier than usually because I wanted to make sure I got a breakfast burrito as soon as the store opened at 5 am. I got one with chorizo and it was huge and delicious. The owner was ready to drive us at 6:30 am and we were back on the trail by 7 am. I was hoping to get at least 30 miles for the day, so I hiked fast. I was also feeling energized by all the food I had eaten. We left the desert for the hills, which were surprisingly forested at the top. The[…]

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Day 97: Survivor SOBO

October 10th, 2018 Gamble Spring Canyon Mm 545 to HWY 138 mm 517.5, then ride to Weeville Market and Grill Distance: 27.5 miles 0605 – 1500 I was typing up my blog in the morning dark, as usual, when Stellar came by and whispered into my tent that we should probably get a head start to ensure that there would be water left at the next cache. With 8 of us at camp and a few more just ahead and behind, he had a point. I laughed to myself that going southbound was suddenly starting to be competitive…but not really. I packed faster than usual and was on the trail by 6 am. Stellar and Salty had already left but[…]

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Day 96: a SOBO bubble in the desert

October 9th, 2018 Mm 566.5 to Gamble Spring Canyon mm 545 Distance: 21.5 miles 1015 – 1830 We had a leisurely morning at the house. Stellar needed to wait until the PO opened to get his resupply and new shoes. I used the time to order some new shoes for our next stop, Agua Dulce. We also played a lot with the 2 dogs, Piper the poodle and Dallas the boxer. It’s great to spend time with pets. Kuba and Piper playing ball Cory drove us to the PO and we picked up Lator Gator, who was walking along the road. As we were leaving the PO, we saw Cheesy Poof and Legit walking in (they are the 2 women[…]

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Day 95: Tehachapi

October 8th, 2018 Mm 587.5 to mm 566.5 then ride to Tehachapi Distance: 21 miles 0615 – 1430 I slept well in my camp among the scrub, with the wind turbines standing watch on the ridge above. They make a low and constant hum…good white noise. I would not be opposed to having them in my backyard. I also heard a great horned owl a few times, otherwise it was still. At Golden Oaks spring, I ran into Toc again. He has hiked the PCT and other trails several times alreay and appears to be a bit of a trailebrity (trail celebrity). This was his first time going SOBO. He gave me some tips on upcoming sections. It’s nice to[…]

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Day 94: Wind Farms and Forest

October 7th, 2018 Mm 620 to mm 587.5 Distance: 32.5 miles 0600 – 1800 I woke up and started doing my usual routine in the morning. Everything was covered in condensation, especially my quilt, which doesn’t make sense at all. I guess because there are no trees? Moisture was settling on any surface it could find. It was as bad as the conditions I normally find in the everglades and Big Cypress. The desert is a wet place at night, apparently??? The morning was absolutely still and very dark. I heard a few coyotes and an owl, otherwise, not a peep or scuffle. I was working on the blog for a good while when I glanced at the time…it was[…]

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