Day 8: 100 miles!

14.8 miles (Mile 94.7 – 109.5)
PCT Mile 94.7 – Warner Springs

image

Our hills! So pretty!

What a day! Again! It was hot, the hiking was great and tough, we hit a milestone, saw a famous PCT site, found some trail magic, and made it to Warner Springs a day earlier than we planned!

The milestone we hit was the PCT 100-mile mark! We were pretty excited. It’s kind of a tradition on this trail to draw the milestones out with something, and it was already done when we got there. On stones, right along the trail was this:

image

Yippeeeee!

Our water source today was Barrel Spring. There’s a spring that runs down to a spigot that constantly runs into a cement trough. We had to treat it, but it was good… and pretty cold! BUT! The best part? The trough of cool water had cans of soda in it! I had a root beer and a cola and they made me burp pretty good. A bunch of days with no carbonation, then two full cans? Burp city!

image

Whitney Houston and Mr. Green enjoying Barrel Spring

A little later, after a hot, shadeless stretch through a huge cow-grazing meadow, we saw Eagle Rock. If you’ve ever followed a PCT journal or saw any videos related to the trail, you’ve probably seen a picture of it… as you will now! I had to climb onto his head, of course!

image

Eagle Rock

image

Eagle Rock

We took a long break in the shade before moving on just another couple of miles to Warner Springs. There is a community center here with volunteers for us… PCT hikers. They have a really nice shower outside, porta-johns, laundry, meals, light resupply, computers, a power strip for charging electronics, hoses for water, a shady tree with green grass (funny story about that in a minute…), and three full hiker boxes. Hiker boxes are a place for us to toss in food or gear that we no longer want or need that another hiker can have if they want.

So when we arrived, we bought cold Mt. Dews that REALLY hit the spot! And I finally had a craving today! For a NutRoll! They only had Payday for sale… close but not the same. I’ll look for one in our next town, I guess…

Hikers can camp behind the community center, and there’s this really sweet patch of green grass in shade out front. When we got here that’s where everyone was hanging out. We were the last ones there, cooking dinner before heading in back to camp. All of a sudden the sprinklers popped up and started spraying water all over! We scrambled and laughed as we tried like heck to get our stuff all out of the sprinkler range! I only got a little wet when I ran through to get my and Rachel’s socks that WERE drying on the nearby fence. It had to be a sight.

image

Where we wish we could've camped (minus the sprinklers)

image

Where we are camped... Voodoo Cheese is the shirtless camp model. :)

A few randoms:
In my 100-mile shot I’m wearing those rediculous pink silkweight pants to keep the sun off my heat rash. It got too warm so I took them off. The rash didn’t get any worse, so that’s good.

I got another new blister on my left pinky toe. The count is at 3. Not bad…

Rachel washed the boogers off from the corner of my bandana today. What a good friend (she knew they were there, too)!

Tomorrow morning we buy breakfast, heal blisters, and start back on the trail in the afternoon after the heat of the day.

Good night!

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Day 8: 100 miles!

  1. I believe she is referring to the Pearson product. They are in a red wrapper, it’s just mellocreme surrounded by peanuts. We have them in Wisconsin and I just saw them in Oregon today. If you don’t have them where you are, you can just eat a handful of dry roasted unsalted peanuts mixed in with some candy corn!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s