Wildlife, views and stones.
I left camp just before 7 and embarked on a 14 mile section with 2500’ of overall ascent. Today the trail was stony underfoot which made progress slower and by the end of the day my feet would be hurting in a very familiar way.
Early on I turned a corner and was surprised to find a birder with a camera attached to a huge telescopic zoom lens. He explains he was looking at a thrasher and turned the rig around to show me a perfectly captured bird in the act of calling. Cool.
Just after that I saw my first snake. A small (15”) slight translucent or glassy creature who slithered quickly off trail by my feet, too quick to photograph.
After picking up water at a pretty creek the rest of the morning was uneventful until I arrived in Mount Laguna at mile 41.5. I went into the cafe there and had a three egg “scramble” and the usual pair of Dr Pepper’s. A bunch of hiker trash were there and I caught up a bit with Song and Elke and an English couple, all of whom had started 12 hours before me. Everyone seemed in good spirits.
There was a resupply package waiting for me at the store. It was quite good – I had avoided over-ordering – but I still had uneaten food so several items were donated to other hikers or left in the hiker box.
After again waiting out the midday heat I left town just after 3pm and just intended to complete a few more miles. My next resupply package is at a Post Office in 68 miles and walking fast would get me there on a Sunday which isn’t useful so I get to slow down a bit for a few days which is probably a good thing.
I found a quiet place about a hundred yards off trail and made camp nice and early. I was actually feeling pretty tired and my feet hurt so it was a good day to stop early and rest. When I got online and checked the water report I found the Laguna area has had E. Coli defected. Since I had filled up at a faucet st the Visitor Center I hope it didn’t affect my water but since I had already drunk about a litre I guess I’ll have to just cross my fingers.
This feels like a cold night coming. Once the sun went down it immediately got seriously cold. I’m at 5700’ now so that would contribute.