Twig Adventures

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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Day 93: Into the desert

October 6th, 2018 Walker Pass mm 652 to mm 620 Distance: 32 miles 0730 – 1830 After packing the calories and having a great visit with Josh and his family, it was time to get back on the trail. I had some trepidations about this section, since it is the driest and I am still unarmed with the croudsourced commentary from guthooks. I looked into buying the desert section of the app but the way things are divided, I would also have to buy the Sierra section to cover just the trail from Walker Pass to Tehachapi. I just downloaded the old-fashioned water report instead. It is a pdf that someone maintains weekly/monthly based off reports from other hikers. They[…]

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Day 92: Ridgecrest Zero & PCT Party

October 5th, 2018 Zero day Distance: NONE! Josh drove me around all day and it was awesome. I felt a bit guilty about taking another zero after just taking one in Bishop, but I can justify it when I need the calories. I weighed myself when I got in and I was at 121 lbs. A day later, the scale was saying I picked up 3 lbs! It doesn’t surprise me, since I stuffed my face all day. Josh was very kind to drive me around for all my errands. I went to Walgreens, Dollar General, a barber, the post office, and the grocery store. We stopped to have lunch at a Chinese buffet. He had to wait for me[…]

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Day 91: Walker Pass and Ridgecrest

October 4th, 2018 Mm 673 to Walker Pass mm 652 Distance: 21 miles 0620 – 1830 I woke up in a fog, not speaking figuratively but literally. It hadn’t rained overnight but everything was damp and the peaks were all enshrouded by clouds. I rolled up my tent along with half the desert that was stuck to the bottom of it. I love carrying around extra weight in detritus. I quickly hiked below the cloud line and enjoyed views of the sun hitting the peaks in the distance. The mist that was clinging to the nearby peaks reminded me of a scene from the cloud forests of Monte Verde, Costa Rica, not Southern California. But in general, these hills have[…]

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Day 90: 700 miles to go

October 3rd, 2018 Road walk from Kennedy Meadows general store, then mm 702 to mm 673 Distance: 29 miles plus 1 mile from the store 0720 – 1830 My rooster alarm went off at 5:40 am but I was already awake and eating breakfast. What a cheeky little guy. He wanted to get his revenge on me but didn’t realize just how early I get up. Nice try! Poor Stellar was still waiting on his resupply box to arrive, so I had to bid him farewell. I will probably see him later since I planned to take some time off in Ridgecrest. I left with Bella and Cuba. It was nice to walk with them and I was surprised to[…]

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Day 89: Kennedy Meadows South

October 2nd, 2018 Mm 728 to mm 702 and then road walk to Kennedy Meadows general store Distance: 26 miles plus 1 mile to the store 0620 – 1500 The 3 month stretch of no rain was finally broken. It rained pretty hard around 4 am. I had to put my tent flaps down. At least the rain stopped before we had to pack up. Later, it was like it hadn’t even rained. It had been so dry that all the plants and ground soaked up every drop. There was no mud, puddles, or running water anywhere. With the clouds and rain came a very fresh scent. I daresay I enjoyed it all, staying warm and dry in my tent.[…]

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