Cacti everywhere and pie!

Day 5 was the start of a really dry stretch, as well as being very exposed to the heat with little shade. It was really tough. Steve and I both have blisters and trying to find the right treatment as nothing seems to be working at the moment. Steve has popped most of his and paints liquid skin on over it which is terribly painful and I just hope it doesn’t get infected. Its difficult to keep walking despite the pain.

Cacti flowers
Cacti flowers

We woke up at 5:30 to watch the sunrise, totally worth it! It was beautiful. We packed up and started walking towards our next water spot which was in 3 miles. Once we got there, I prepared breakfast while Steve walked down to get our water. We ate quickly and headed off for a steep decline of about 4 miles(not so good on the knees!), we pushed hard to get down the mountain and only stopped at the bottom once we found a shady spot to dry out our feet. We both popped our earphones on to help us get there, music can make a big difference when you are struggling. By then it was HOT! And we were about to start another big uphill towards Rodriguez spur where we could get more water.

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Bit of Work for stunning views!

We set off from Boulder Oaks oaks campground, after quite a chilly night out (2c). The day had us climb about 1000m over the next 15 miles (24km).

We soon started the ascent, and hiked for a bit with ‘Animal‘ for a short bit until he sped off in front of us. It was really interesting hearing about the flora of the area from him. It’s nice to be able to spot plants and flowers and be able to name them. After the first 3 miles, we stopped for breakfast, some laundry and a so refreshing rinse of our feet in kitchen creek. Kristin makes a mighty fine washerwoman, read that as you will. 😉

We carried on hiking into the heat around an exposed hill and on through mile 32 which offered a nice short break from the over bearing heat. We soon moved on and pushed up the hill and spent an hour over lunch and mile 36 by a nice shady Oak Tree.

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The shimmering hiker highway to Lake Morena

We have finally started our epic adventure! We woke up at 4am in Seattle to fly to San Diego and got picked up by Ron ‘Burning Daylight’ in his big black pick up truck. Ron was great, he took us to a great place by the harbour and got us some fish and chips for lunch… So good!

And finally we arrived at the border of Mexico! We had to repack both our packs and took some photos at the monument. We started walking at 4pm, which meant it was a great temperature to walk in. The desert is beautiful in its own way, with the orange rocks contrasted against the blue skies.

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Finally in America!

So we arrived in Seattle after 23 hours of travelling with minimal sleep. We were exhausted while trying to buy food and pack our resupply boxes and trying to buy the last of the gear we need. But finally we are all set to start hiking!

Seattle is such a beautiful city, filled with horizons of snow capped mountains, lovely trees filled with spring blossoms, gorgeous parks and chilly fresh air. However, it is a bit strange to be in a foreign country, it’s a bit of a culture shock. The use of the English language, the accent and the culture of excessiveness is pronounced.

Today we fly to San Diego and get picked up and lifted to Campo to start the trail. We are relieved and excited that the day has finally arrived after much anticipation! We’ll probably hike about 10 miles and dry camp. The next time you hear from us will be when we’re in a town with wifi, within the next week.

Wow we’re finally starting! Thank you for all the love, prayers and support, it’s much appreciated 🙂

Unfortunate delays

As you know we’ve been waiting for our passports, which has taken a lot longer than expected and we had to change our flights. We are hoping to recieve our passports today and leave on the next plane out of here. God has decided to teach us some patience before our journey begins 🙂

So hopefully next time you hear from us we’ll be in the USA!


EDIT: We have our Passports, and we have our flights! So if everything goes according to plan, we should be 4 days late and start on the 16th!