Days 17-22

 The end of my hat

The end of my hat

Day 17- We decided not to take a zero in Big Bear, and got a ride out to the trail after breakfast. We set off at around 11am, and it was cold and windy. We quickly passed a Korean guy peeing pretty much on trail, it's becoming clear that people are becoming less and less modest about bodily functions. Just like farting, it's become very funny. So off we set, and we crushed a quick 10 miles before catching up to Camo and Squeeks for lunch. They told us we had just missed Darwin, who is kind of YouTube famous. I finished up lunch before everyone else, so I left alone to get to our camp site. It was getting colder, and far more windy. We were on a ridgeline overlooking Big Bear Lake, so not ideal conditions. I felt good so I did the remaining 9.8 miles at a 4mile/hour pace. Getting to the camp site I ran into Darwin, and had a good talk with him about thru hiking culture, and how toxic the online community can be. But also about how amazing, and genuine the actual people you meet can be. We parted ways as we decided to search for a sheltered camp site. No luck from either of us we decided to make our own spots in a dry river bed. It was while searching for a campsite I found out that my treasured sun hat died a terrible death, I had only the brim left, as the top had been blown away in the wind. 10 minutes later Tags came down trail with the top. So I of course wore it...and then Darwin saw me and bestowed upon me my trail name...FEZ, like the Indian Hat. So we set up camp and settled in for a cold night. Days milage-19.8m(31.7km)

 The reason for my trail name

The reason for my trail name

 300 miles!

300 miles!

Day 18- so we woke up to frozen tents. Tags said it snowed on us overnight for a few minutes. Tanner said his thermometer showed 18 degrees, or -7.8 degrees in a rational unit of measurement. We took our time, and waited for the sun to come up so we wouldn't have to put away wet tents. Finally we got rolling at around 9. Tags left before us, so the four of us walked and talked for the morning, having a long conversation about the US healthcare system and how to fix it. Hiker trash solving the world's problems. After lunch we all seperated, passing the 300 mile marker. We rolled into Deep Creek Hot Springs. A natural hot spring. Where we camped for the night. We hung out for a few hours in the hot springs and the river(no pictures because it's clothing optional, and some people opted). Tried slackline across water(I have lost that skill for sure). It was a great end to the day. Went to bed clean and relaxed. Daily mileage-22m(35.2km)

 the famous Rainbow Bridge

the famous Rainbow Bridge

Day 19- We rolled out of camp early, at around 545, hiking in the shade due to being in a valley. Hiking 8 miles before breakfast. Then rolled on and met two guys who did the PCT last year(and I incidentally follow them on IG) who gave us trail magic and had a good talk about life with them. Before pushing onto the long exposed hill climbs in the growing heat. Today was the first time I rolled my bad ankle. I was pushing the pace hard, and the trail collapsed under my footstep, probably from a snake hole. I caused an inversion sprain, which is the same injury mechanism of my previous bad ones. So after a few minutes I decided I could walk on it. Fortunately I was listening to the Spotify playlist made by my mommy, and F**king Problems by Drake(thanks Nadine!) came on. So I had a good laugh by myself, and pushed on. We finally got to the ridge above Silverwood Lake, and respite from the heat. We had lunch there before pushing around to the far side of the lake to the closed campground we can camp at. Walking up the road to the campground we met a group of older couples who were there for their friends 90th birthday. So we sung him happy birthday and they gave us cake. It was amazing. And we got some apples. Camp was great. Flat, grassy, bathrooms, water in a tap, and electrical outlets. Daily milage- 21.6m(34.6km)

 ACB and Tanner hiking down into the valley where the San Andreas Fault runs through

ACB and Tanner hiking down into the valley where the San Andreas Fault runs through

 Important enough to be on an official trail sign!

Important enough to be on an official trail sign!

 Tanner crushing his McDonald's he carried out

Tanner crushing his McDonald's he carried out

Day 20- we got a slow start for the day, with our goal of McDonald's for breakfast which was 12.4 miles. I had to stop and eat some food half way as I was definitely gonna bonk otherwise as we never had breakfast. At McDonald's Tanner and Tags ate around 4000 calories each. The rest of us were more conservative.we got a Lyft to REI. I grabbed new shoes as I had a bunch of holes and my heels were compacted causing some pain. We got back to McDonald's and pushed on. Going about 5.5 more miles before ACB(Myriam) said she was camping there. I was happy because the heel pain in my right foot and the rolled ankle plus the new shoes was a rough walk. So we camped in the flat valley as the next campsite was 10 miles away and would have been a late, hard walk. Happy to let my feet rest, even though it was a short day, I passed the eff out at a water cache. Daily milage- 17.8m(28.4km)

 Hummer crushing early morning miles as we ascend 7000ft

Hummer crushing early morning miles as we ascend 7000ft

 Hummer scoping out a camp site in the valley

Hummer scoping out a camp site in the valley

 Fire damaged sections

Fire damaged sections

Day 21- We got going as the day light was just starting, trying to get past the exposed section before it got hot, we climbed over 7000ft in 10 miles. Where we stopped for lunch. I was convinced I had lost my spot device. As I couldn't find it. So I tried to let home know this at a random spot I finally had service. It was a lot of hiking on what was starting to feel like Plantar Fasciitis(PF), but the hills hurt less, so I pushed on. Lots of hiking through burnt sections of old fires. Which is kind of crazy, and there was lots of poodle dog bushes(like poison ivy, but far worse). Once we stopped climbing and had to descend to Wrightwood I slowed way down. Going down we hiked down a ski hill which was kind of crazy to see. Once we finally got to the highway, Tags had found us a ride to town. So we headed to the hardware store to get some of the guys packages. Then went for pizza and beer. We found a place to stay at some people's house, it was a little weird, ok a lot weird, but the people were nice. It was nice to sleep inside on a bed with how sore my foot was. Daily mileage-22m(35.2km)

 Suddenly a wild ski lift appears

Suddenly a wild ski lift appears

 Tanner trying to fix his crazy oily hair

Tanner trying to fix his crazy oily hair

Day 22- We zeroed in town. Taking time to recover and resupply. Watched a bunch of Netflix, drank beer, stretched, and got a free BBQ from the place we stayed at. Daily mileage-0m(0km)