I can see why Idyllwild is so popular with hikers for a zero … it’s a relaxing small place! Everybody I’ve seen today was cleaned up and happy!
I slept well and enjoyed the change of not having to pack up my tent! It was fairly cold outside, maybe 3C, so I hope the hikers up on the ridge stayed warm. Apparently the snow, even though it’s melting quickly, is still difficult on north slopes and deep in the afternoons.
I got the laundry done and yes, it’s completely normal and acceptable to walk around like this while you’re waiting 🙂 If you are not staying in a hotel while washing, you just wear your rain gear but it gets hot!
I spoke to the parental units via video, mailed some things home and put the feet up as much as I could. There are also a few papers to grade! Sorry … not much to report otherwise!
If you’re interested, here are my typical meals on trail. Of course there are some variations as food is available (e.g. the first day out of town I might still have bagels or wraps) but these two are staples:
For breakfast, I heat water and shake up a Carnation Instant Breakfast drink (Vanilla) with a packet of Via in my small Nalgene bottle. About 160 calories and some good vitamins etc.
For dinner, I boil water and add Ramen, some peanut butter powder and a “capsule” of Taco seasoning (you can buy those capsules empty and fill them with Taco spice before the hiking season! Then you just throw the capsule into the hot water … saves the mess of dosing spices). If the day was hot, I use the whole Ramen salt packet; if not I reduce accordingly. I still like this!!!
Tomorrow morning we will start at the interstate and walk towards Whitewater, the wind farms and Big Bear as our next stop. Another hiker, Eddie, decided to forego Fuller Ridge as well, based on reports. So there will be 3 of us in the car and we leave early! The same trail angel (Grumpy) will drive us.
14 thoughts on “April 13 – Town Day!”
Real hikers have bad hair days. You’re hike looks amazing. You’ve inspired me to entertain the idea of trying a very long hike, but after seeing the food choices, I’m not that tough after all.
Haha. They are MY choices! Yours would be different! Maybe try the Sunshine Coast Trail … and for what it’s worth I think you’d have a blast on the PCT!
As a foodie I appreciate your “food” descriptions Biggi. A capsule of taco seasoning? Who knew? Happy trails!
Thanks! Today: WIND!
How do you feel? Sorry to leave the comfort behind or happy to be back on track? 🙂
I feel rested and ready to tackle the next section! We will climb from the desert floor back into high mountains!
Grading on the trail. Tough PCT problems. Lol, not like retirement problems but a close 2nd.
Small price to pay I know! No complaints!!
You are clean, rested and resupplied. Leaving the luxuries of the town behind you. Good luck back hiking in the desert. Happy trails!
Thank you! We are climbing back into the mountains (San Gorgonio) soon after the low stretches tomorrow … wind mills first, then up to almost 9000ft!!!
You are most welcome…and yes I share the same observations re the “amber nectar” imbibing…mornings??
G’day! Your Aussie mate here and now that I’ve found you I can catch up on your comings and goings…hopefully ALL goings!! 🤣😅
I’m assuming once you’ve settled in every night (or when you reach your intended stop over for the night), you write a “diary” in your blog? Actually very smart to do that because you can always refer back to it in layer times and bring back fond memories…gute nacht! 🦘🦘🦘
That is exactly what I’m doing! And if you leave a comment it stays with the blog post (as opposed to text messages) and I will always know that you followed along! The other page on the blog (“Daily Tracking”) shows my location every night in camp (sent from my Garmin). Thanks mate!!! 🙂