Week of Firsts

 At the Southern Terminus

At the Southern Terminus

So I just rolled into Julian, CA courtesy of a very nice lady named Diana(who only spoke Spanish) who picked us up on the side of the road. That was the first hitch I've ever done, and didn't lose a kidney, so that's a plus. 

 

 Now only 2649 left

Now only 2649 left

I started my hike on Saturday the 31st with a Danish guy named Martin, and we did a 20 mile day into Lake Morena. Where we caught up with a bunch of people from S&F's we met when they left the day before us. I had made a classic mistake that you see new endurance athletes make, consumed too few calories. A big burger and fries helped that, but my knees were a tad sore.  

 trying to keep up to this Danish beast of a hiker

trying to keep up to this Danish beast of a hiker

 How to fix a low calorie day

How to fix a low calorie day

 I suppose I will listen to this sign...also first sign without bullet holes in it

I suppose I will listen to this sign...also first sign without bullet holes in it

 Day two we got a late start, took 2 hours to break camp and cook and get going. I decided to let Martin go and hike with Weezer for a short 12 mile day to help my knees settle. We had a great day, and ended up at a campground where a nice lady let us sleep on her spot so we didn't have to pay. That day got real hot in the afternoon as we hiked until about 3. 

 how to eat enough calories

how to eat enough calories

 We decided on day 3 to do a really early start, so we were on trail by 0545 hiking by moonlight. It was just incredible to watch the sun rise on trail. We got into Mt Laguna at around 10, and had breakfast at the local cafe. Then took a shower and lounged for a few hours before resupplying and heading on. We hiked through some pretty intense wind before finding a camp site in some random woods about 6 miles past My Laguna. Which was nice as there was water there. 

 We did another early start on Tuesday, pushing 11 miles to the first(and last water for the day). We filled up, and ate some food. I headed off on my own from there. Getting to a nice treed area beside a dry stream bed for a 3 hour siesta. Once we woke up we pushed on, and had some gorgeous views and weather for the rest of the hike. Which was big for the two girls, as it turned out to be their first 20 mile day, which was actually 22.1miles. or nearly a full marathon, they crushed it. That night I cowboy camped to make room for one tent on the ledge we camped at. We had a great night of amazing stars and listening to the coyotes hunt down in the valley floor. 

Then we hit the trail early, and got a hitch into town. Its been a whirlwind first 5 days on trail. Meeting some of the nicest, most amazing people. Seeing amazing views. And having the most fun, strange, and funny conversations. 

 So we're going to stay in town all day today, and hopefully get a hitch super early out to the trail to get a start on the long climb back out of the valley.