Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Today was so much better. I woke up around 6:30 and broke camp and immediately climbed 1000 feet out of Hauser Canyon up to Lake Morena. There’s a campground there with a civilized toilet and a malt shop where I hung with some other hikers and got a late breakfast of a turkey sandwich. I’m still not super hungry, but ate half of it then and half tonight for dinner.
I then hiked on and soon met up with a couple from Washington who are around my age and did the northern half of the PCT last year and are finishing it up this year. They were so great to talk to about my bad first day and helped calm my fears immensely.
I used my umbrella most of the day. Today was a long, HOT hike of 13.6 miles with a big climb at the end, but had an amazing payoff.
Just below our campsite tonight, down a pretty steep path, is a waterfall and pool that we bathed and swam in for easily a half hour.
I’ll try to remember to upload the video tomorrow in Mt Laguna where I should have wifi, but here’s some pics.
I’m now in my tent up on the ridge above Interstate 8, listening to the frogs and insects chirping away. It’s a clear, beautiful night and I’m glad today was a different experience entirely.
14 miles (uphill) to Mt. Laguna tomorrow where my lovely wife booked me a cabin! I get to sleep in a real bed only 3 days in!
Goodnight from mile 28.6!
6 thoughts on “Waterfalls in the desert”
What beautiful serendipitous waterfalls! Already some trail magic—furnished by Morher Nature….
Glad the day went better. After more days in I found most of the anxieties, etc melted away.
Keep on keeping on and enjoy the journey!
The hunger will certainly return. Either way, you have to eat… a lot! My son calculated the best way to keep up with his calorie intake (and weight in his backpack) was eating tortillas with peanut butter. I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to that night in a cabin.
Day 3 and you are in a cabin….. What’s next, a porter? 🙂
Glad things are improving. everything looks amazing, including the sandwich!
Wow! Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing! Rock on, Ian! 🏞👣