Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Day 2- May The Fourth Be With You

May 04, 2016
Hauser Creek(15.4) to Boulder Oaks Campground(26.0) 10.6 miles 
Elevation profile curtesy of Guthook App 

Star Wars Day it is. All day last year speak like Yoda I did. This year I shall not. Too tired I am. 

I slept surprising well last night. This year it is not possible to use a hammock and I wasn't very confident that I would sleep well on the ground. Also, surprisingly, I wasn't too sore when I got up this morning. Since it is so hot out during the day I woke up really early to make the best out of the cool morning. I was hiking by 6:30 and had my first real climb of the trail. There were a lot of switchbacks so it wasn't terrible. I had way too much water leftover in the morning so I gave away 2L to a group of hikers that really needed it. 
Cool rock formation on my climb this morning 

After a little less than 5 miles I made it to Lake Morena. I was feeling much more confident than yesterday. Day 1 was pretty demoralizing. I questioned why I was putting myself through another thru-hike and if I could make it 2,650 miles. What I didn't understand was carrying 7L of water just plain sucks. I only had to carry 2L today and felt like I was floating down the trail. 

Lake Morena has an awesome restaurant/convenience store. I was able to get a breakfast burrito the size of a new born and a cold Gatorade. It was heavenly. While I was there I met up with a few of the other hikers that I flip flopped with yesterday. All 5 of us have previously hiked the AT. Brian hiked it in 2013, Shawn in 2014, Chef and Hawk Bait in 2004. It was great to talk to people that have hiked it before. Two of the overnight hikers I camped with last night were also at the store. I wish they were thru hiking. I really enjoyed their company. One of the ladies really saved me by giving me her Chapstick. Somehow I overlooked that when I was packing for the trip and I desperately needed some. 
Me, Tiffany, and Sarah. Thanks for making my first day more enjoyable
 Liquor store/malt shop/restaurant/ convenience store. One stop shopping

The rest of us waited out the heat of the day at the store and at the campground close to the lake. I haven't really gotten use to hanging out for 3-4 hrs. I just can't sit still, I want to be on the trail. Unfortunately, it is just too hot to hike during the day. Brian and I headed out just before 3. It was still really hot out, but we both have hiking umbrellas and wanted to see how they worked. It's not a miracle cure, but they definitely make the heat tolerable. Since we were camping at a reliable water source tonight I only carried a few liters of water. The trail was really flat and I practically flew along the trail. We made it to camp in a little over 2 hours. To make things even better the camp spots are flat, have picnic tables, bathrooms with toilet paper, and a water spigot. This day just keeps getting better and better. 
Home for the night

Tomorrow looks like another challenging day. I'm still figuring out how to overcome the obstacles the pct has in store for me. 

Life is unpredictable,
It changes with the seasons
Even your coldest winter,
Happens for the best of reasons,
And though it feels eternal,
Like all you'll ever do is freeze,
I promise spring is coming,
And with it, brand new leaves
- Ernest Hemingway
 

15 comments:

  1. Katie - I didn't know you were tackling this! Best of luck and I look forward to following your adventure!

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    1. Hi Lynne. Thanks for following along. Best wishes,
      Katie

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  2. YAY!!!! Back on the trail with Yoda! Been looking FWD to this all winter :) I would like to send you care pkgs occasionally ...keep us informed on drop off towns, K?
    Chris Nashville

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    1. Hi Chris. Thanks very much for following along. Next time I'm in town and have access to a computer I plan on posting something listing all of my town stops where I'll need a care package. Thanks for your generous offer.
      Best wishes,
      Yoda

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  3. Good luck on your new adventure! Since I really missed reading Airlock's and your blogs I am pleased to be able to follow you on this trip. A tent instead of a hammock must take some getting used to, but that is another adventure for you. Again, good luck.
    Anja

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    1. Thanks Anja. So far I'm enjoying the tent. It is the same one that Airlick used. I figured if it was good enough for her it would work for me, but I do miss my hammock.
      Best wishes,
      Yoda

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    2. That 'airlick' thingy better be a typo...

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    3. Lol. Darn autocorrect

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    1. Thanks. It came highly recommended. I had an offer to rent one for $100 dollars a month, but I decided to splurge and get my own. Lol
      Yoda

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  5. Glad you got the umbrella! I'm loving mine. Amazing adventure already. I'm glad to hear you discuss doubting hiking at first. It happens to me every year and I thought I was the only one who ever feels that way.

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    1. Soda Pop,
      I used the umbrella yesterday. It worked great. Looks like I'll have a chance to try it out in the rain tomorrow. Day 1 is always rough, even more so when you're carrying 15 lbs of water. I hope your hike goes smoothly. Just take it slow for the first week.
      Good luck,
      Yoda

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  6. Glad to see you have been able to post to your blog. I just got caught up. Keep rocking it out there, you got this :).

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    1. Thanks JC. So far cell service has been pretty good. I hope you had a great birthday. How's the pup?
      Wish you were out here with me,
      Yoda

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    2. Thank you. It was a quiet one this year with work in the morning and all. The puppy is doing great, he's getting big fast! I wish I was there, too..hopefully we can work something out so I can come hike a bit with you.

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