UPDATE 21/4: Ive added some photos inline below!
So here I am sitting in a hotel in Idyllwild. Why in a hotel? Well yesterday it snowed about 8 inches at 5000 feet…
Since my last post I only walked about 5 miles till I found a campsite. It was a good day, having spent the morning in the community center and only having walked 10 miles that day. I lit a fire and had a wonderful evening with the Niko, Liane and Jules.
The following day I ended up turning a 15 mile day into a 22!
Before you say that was a terrible idea, carry on. The campsite we planned on using was really exposed and had a biting wind with absolutely no protection. So then I decided that camping at 3500 feet is much better than 5000 feet. The next 2 hours I went 5.5 miles! That’s probably averaging above 3 miles an hour or like 6 – 7 Km per hour! That nights sleep was great though, I was exhausted and only woke up a few times… One of the primary reasons I pushed so hard was that yesterday I had only 15 miles to a juicy burger!
I arrived at paradise corner cafe in the pouring rain. I didn’t put my waterproof pants on before the downpour, so I arrived fairly drenched! Luckily they were really hospitable and I was able to dry off a little and warm up.
5 minutes after I arrived it started snowing!! Now to say I wasn’t ready for snow would be an understatement, I was soaked and snow just made me cold. So thanks for all the prayer I could really see God in that one. I only pray for the people I left behind that I know spent the night in that snow.
Soon after I arrived, Maria a German lady came in behind. Soon after we made a plan get to Idyllwild and stay the night at a hotel and split the bill. The PCT goes from 5000 feet at the cafe to 8000 feet. Going on was not an option. They have a huge discount for PCT hikers, and with a warm comfortable bed was well worth the money!
Now, everything is dry, I’ve picked up some more food and may hitch further and maybe skip the San Jacinto mountains altogether… In all i’ll probably skip some 60 miles. This places me well ahead of schedule for meeting Dan, and can take some really slow days.
Here’s a photo of the snow from outside our room.