Trail friend Lori and I decided to set off on a PCT thru-hike on April 2nd. Lori's husband drove us to the trail and we started off with the inevitable mix of excitement and trepidation. If you want to follow the adventure of two 60 something hikers, this might be the blog for you.
We had pleasant weather and made it down to Hauser Creek the first night. Mike and Laura started about the same time from Campo, so we all hiked in together for most of the day. Giggles was already camped in her "purple condo" so we had fun chatting late into the evening, meaning about 7 PM.
Laura and Mike decided to continue with us, and Patrick joined up at Boulder Oaks, so we ended up with a group of five hiking together. In the photo album you will see all these personalities, mostly with labels.
Excepting a few windy days, we had great weather. Flowers were sparse compared to 2017, but we had amazing blossoming agave plants, and we're treated to many small patches of color.
This is a beautiful landscape and great start to the trail.
101 miles in at Barrel Springs we took a day off at the Mountain Valley Retreat, which is a magical stop that welcomes hikers.
Lori developed bad blisters and decided to take a few days off to heal. Luckily her husband Bill was still nearby and brought fruit pies for everyone and spirited Lori off for a few days.
To see the whole album of photos for this section, take a look here:. Photos for Campo to Barrel Springs