Mile 94.5 to Warner Springs, 15 miles
Today in a nutshell: Crazy winds that lasted all through the night but my tent managed incredibly well (considering I thought I was going to take flight!), trail magic in the form of beer and choc chip pancakes made by a Trail Angel (Vegie) at Barrel Springs (thank you Vegie, the pancake was delicious!), a blister on my heel that took me an hour to be able to stand on my foot properly, 1 snake (have photo evidence this time!), a rock that looked like a camel’s head, a rock that looked like an eagle, delight at arriving at Warner Springs Resource centre, a double hamburger with Julian’s apple pie & icecream, meeting lots of other hikers camping at Warner Springs, Nancy from the resource centre lancing all my blisters, walking around with 6 pieces of thread pierced through my blisters!
We’re about to enter another long stretch with some iffy water sources.
Tomorrow will need to be an 18 mile day to get to a water tank and hopefully camp nearby, then it’s a 24 mile stretch without water which will take 2 days. There’s bad weather (snow, ice and rain) forecast from Wed – Sat, but I was going to have a zero day (hike in the day/night before then take off the next day, effectively having 2 nights somewhere) in the next town of Idylwild anyway so hopefully the bad weather will pass while I’m there 🙂
The Warner Springs resource centre has showers, toilets, water, delicious hamburgers and other food (open for breakfast and lunch), and a small store selling terrific hiker food (pasta/rice sides, cous cous, energy bars and lots more and also Nancy who will fix up your blisters, thank you Nancy!