Taking a break

Days 42, 43, 44 Miles: 15, 0, 0 Mileage from start: 3,790 Around 1 a.m. a strong storm front moved over us. The tall pines around our tent made terrific sounds as they bent against the wind. We checked the radar and saw red heading for us. Will the little tent make it? we asked. […]

Unto the third state

Day 8 Miles: 98 Mileage: 685 Oops! We slept through the alarm and woke at 9 a.m. It’s those comfy hotel beds plus darkened sleep curtains plus being constantly exhausted. Oh, well.  We got ourselves to breakfast — which was delicious eggs and vegetables — and packed up ready to leave around 11 a.m. Not […]

Rain, rain, go away

Miles: 1743.5 to 1774.4 Mileage: 30.9 Day: 87 No matter how hard we try, it always seems to take us an hour to get moving in the morning.  Richard’s watch is our alarm. It beeps 10 times. After that we usually make eye contact but don’t speak right away. If one of us closes their […]

Into Ashland

Miles: 1699.2 to 1726.5 Mileage: 27.3, plus 1 mile to Callahan’s Lodge Day: 84 Excited to get to town (where there is Indian food and pizza) we got up at 5:30 a.m. The terrain was gentle. It reminded me of Southern California when the grades of the trail were made for horse packers.  If this […]

A road walk into Idyllwild

Miles: PCT: 1.6; Cedar Springs Trail Junction plus road walk to Idyllwild: 19, minus a 2.5 mile hitch along highway 74. Mileage: 18.1 Day: 9 When the light returned around 5:45, the rain and wind we still working full time and we were still in our sleeping bags dreading the moment when we stepped back […]

A rainy day in the desert

Miles: 140.3 to 161 Mileage: 20.7 Day: 8 At 5:30 a.m. I woke to hear rain pattering on the tent. I do not enjoy packing up in the rain, but I figured, it’s the desert! How long can this last? And I was right. The pattering stopped in 15 or 20 minutes and we packed […]