Thursday, May 29, 2014

PCT Day 7

Day 7
16 miles
1500 ft elevation gain
PCT mile marker 115

Wow, it's hard to believe I've been at this for a week now. Honestly I am enjoying almost every moment of it. If it wasn't for my feet, I wouldn't have a care in the world. I love setting up camp in a new place every night, experiencing this world and majestic beauty of the wilderness so few get to experience. I am grateful everyday for this journey.

Today was resupply and shower day at Warner Springs. I was on the trail by 6:30 this morning. As I left camp, I saw Rusty (another thru-hiker) was still there. The 9 miles to town were a little bit more of a struggle on my feet then I would have liked. Once to Warner Springs. I walked the mile to and from the post office to get my resupply box. Then headed to the community center. The Warner Springs Community Center has temporary accommodations for thru hikers for the months of April and May. Serving food, hot showers, and a store of items hikers frequently need. As I arrived to the community center, Rusty was already there. To our dismay it was closed. Totally bummed out we both set up shelter in the shade of an oak tree and waited for the heat of the day to pass. Luckily there was an outdoor electrical outlet, so I was able to get everything recharged. I found a hose and made a makeshift bucket out of a recycling bin to soak my feet. Despite no shower I did wash my hair. It felt amazing washing my head and hair with cold water.
The closed community center 

Fueling up

Camping out in the shade

Keeping those feet and legs elevated.

After reorganizing my pack with all my new resupplies and food. And getting rested up I headed out for a few more miles this evening around 5pm. The disadvantage of coming out of town with all new resupplies, your pack is HEAVY. I also had 17miles to the next reliable water supply and was loaded down with water too, I managed and made it to camp. Tomorrow morning will be lighter as I will leave camp only with the 2L of water I need to get me through to the next water supply in 11 miles.

Camp for the night.

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