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4/27, mile 179. Zero day in Idyllwild.

Tim: The San Jacinto Wilderness is kicking our butts, but we are having a great time! Since leaving Julian, we had two very windy days to get to Warner Springs. That’s where we picked up our first drop box. Most of the time we’ll be resupplying in towns that we come to, but sometimes we’ll have food and supplies sent to us from home.

The last two days in particular have been very difficult hiking. The elevation changes, altitude (topping out over 8000 ft), terrain, and snowfields have worn us out. But we’ve been rewarded with incredible views and new friendships. And some blisters! We’re taking a day off in the beautiful town of Idyllwild to rest up for the next stretch.

Hiker trash

“Minion cactus”

Sunset in the San Jacinto Wilderness
I’ve been perfecting my “Smoky Eye”; too much?
Laundry day

Tent City in Warner Springs
Posing on Eagle Rock

Coupla hippies

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Kindness of Strangers/Zero in Julian

4/20 Mile 91

Charisse: What a time we had in the cute little town of Julian. It was bustling with a mix of tourists and smelly (and hungry) thru hikers. Thursday afternoon we hitched into town, did some shopping, and had an awesome burger and some famous Julian pie. That night, we were lucky enough to snag a room at an inn, where we did our laundry and showered (you have no idea how magical that combo is). An adorable couple gave us a ride from town to our inn, which would have been a 3+ mile hike, uphill, if they hadn’t picked us up. The next morning was coffee and oatmeal with a view on the deck, and then the innkeeper gave us a ride into town.

We wandered around, saw some hikers we knew, and had a delicious fresh lunch with lots of salad and yummy lemonade. We had more Julian pie with cinnamon ice cream (free to PCT hikers at Mom’s Cafe!), while we listened to some street music. Hoops and Isaiah had a room at the lodge and offered up a place to stay. We dropped our packs there and went to get the other thing Julian is known for…hard cider!

We had a late dinner at an awesome Mexican restaurant and ended up eating the leftovers for breakfast. We hitched to Scissors Crossing where we were picked up on Thursday and there was…TRAIL MAGIC! Lots of it! A bunch of hikers were hanging out under the bridge, along with two guys (trail angels) who thought of everything. They had cold beer, fresh fruit and veggies, chocolate, music, chairs, and were grilling up hot dogs when we left. We were full but ate some fruit and veggies anyway. They refused to take any money, and took our picture to post on Facebook. It’s so amazing to me the kindness we’ve received already in just the 6 short days we’ve been out here. Hoping to pay it forward someday.

Today was WINDY!!! Almost the entire 14 miles. Gusts upwards of 40+ miles per hour. At least we kept cool, lol. Pretty easy hike, otherwise, and we’ve set up camp for the night. We’ll be in Warner Springs tomorrow night, where we’ll pick up a resupply box Monday morning and head on down the trail. It’s been an incredible couple of days. Can’t wait to see what’s next!!

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4/19, mile 78. Zero day in Julian

Rain, fog, and wind. Still smiling.

Tim: What a stretch: we’re froze, burnt, and giddy at how much fun we’re having!

The climb up to Mt Laguna (6000 feet) was a long trudge in 48 degrees and a gusty drizzle. But the next day the sky was blue and we had great views. One night we “cowboy camped” (no tent) under the stars, full moon, and had an incredible desert sunrise. Yesterday, we crushed a 21 mile day in 85 degree heat to treat ourselves to a bed and breakfast last night. A shower and laundry never felt (and smelled) so good!

Today, we’re taking a zero day (no hiking) to recover and get some resupply done. We’re in the mountain town of Julian, which is well known for its pie and hard cider. Our friend Jeff is coming up from San Diego, so it’ll be fun to hang with him. Then tomorrow, back to the trail!

50 miles!
New friends “Redwood” and Isaiah

“Hoops” and Charisse, hangin’ in Julian

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4/15, mile 26

We’ve started! But first, we had an amazing time in San Diego. Jeff picked us up and immediately brought us downtown for a block party. Great food, great music, and met some great new people, including his fiancé. Next day we met another military pal, Lucky, for some brunch. It was so cool to catch up.

Then it was on to the trail. We got dropped off at about 2:30, and got about 8 miles in before calling it a day. We had a beautiful sunset. We got an early start this morning, and piled up another 18 miles today. The trails has been mostly rolling through brushy desert, hanging around 3000 feet. It’s been around 70 and sunny both days.

That’s about all for now, we’ll probably check back in a couple days. – Tim

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R&R in Seattle

Just a little update before we embark on our hike. Charisse and I are currently in Washington State. We’ve been staying and visiting with her family for almost a week now. Its been a blast reconnecting with all of them, we don’t get out here enough.

In fact, one of our little nieces out here gave us a memento to take on our hike: a Lego character she named Peter Dude. This inspired us to come up with a silly Facebook page devoted to his adventures with us. I’m keeping it separate from this blog, but if you’re up for a little goofiness, search for and like “Peter Dude takes a hike” on FB. It’s already taken on a life of its own, lol.

We fly to San Diego on Saturday, and start hiking Sunday. Can’t believe it’s almost upon us!