April 24, 2012
In the morning, the clouds that had enveloped us are gone. It’s still quite windy as we break camp.
Hiking feels good despite my blistered feet. Down we go into the Anza Borrego Desert. The desert is blooming brightly.
Natalie’s cold is getting worse. She’s rather anti-social today.
We attempt to take a break near the established camping area near mile 64. We give up on the break. Can’t get comfortable, lack of shade, hot, bugs. We decide to hike on in the heat of the day. Very unusual for us.
I catch up to Ashley. She is taking a break and laying in the trail. In the middle of the trail. She says, flattest spot around. She announces she could sleep there. I suggest maybe she shouldn’t. She might get stepped on.
Hikers are congregating near the Rodriguez Spur water tank. Too hot to keep hiking for now. We get water and take a break with Stride, Beavercheeks, and Two Bagels (formerly Fetus) in the shade from a roadcut.
Afer the heat breaks, we hike a few more miles. The trail travels along the side of Granite Peak. The camp we were aiming for is already occupied by Wee B and Worry Wart (also known as Double Dub). We move on and finally find a flat spot as it’s getting dark.
Stride, Beavercheeks, and Two Bagels come by just before the light is gone. We invite them to share the remainder of the flat space. They camp next to us.
PCT Day 7: 14 miles hiked. Camped near trail mile 73 (past the Rodriguez Spur water tank).