Day 11: Paradise Valley Cafe

17 miles (Mile 135 – 152)
PCT mile 135 – Paradise Valley Cafe

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I read through my blog from last night and realized what a jumble it was. I was so freakin’ tired. I thought I’d slept well the night before, but I found myself napping to the point of snoring on our break… a break in the hot sun with no shade. I must’ve been tired! Anyway, I tried to write about a very intimate trail experience (hiking through and above the clouds) when my everything was tired. I didn’t change any of that blog entry… I just left it as is. I figured I probably wouldn’t be able to explain it any better anyway. So… I guess I thought that was interesting. I’m sure I’ll have plenty more jumbled-tired blog entries in the future. Heck, they probably all are!

Back to today! We got going a little after 6am again, hit our water source, Tule Spring, about an hour later, treated water, hydrated, made coffee and breakfast, then got back on trail.

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The tank uphill that holds water. Don't look inside...

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The spigot downhill that we use to fill our bottles.

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Glorious water!

We hiked around big hills, mountains, in and out of a couple of creek/river canyons, saw a bunch of flowers (the cacti flowers out here come in a bunch of colors. We’ve seen pink, purple, reddish, green, and yellow), came upon the Oasis cache and finally landed our butts in a chair on the outside patio at The Paradise Cafe.

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Ginormous rocks!

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Views after a climb

Food. Usually it’s all I think about when I hike. I haven’t gotten there quite yet… but I did have my weirdest craving yet – freakin’ cottage cheese! Paradise Valley Cafe had it as a side option to the BLT I got! It really hit the spot. So did the coffee-flavored milkshake!

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A BLT and cottage cheese. Yum!

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Mmmm... milkshake!

Adam was still working his way back through LA traffic after helping a friend move his storage unit, so Rachel and I were planning on hitching into Idyllwild. We didn’t have to – Jacqueline was there for a burger and offered to bring us to town! Rachel and I, along with two other hikers, Angela and Belgian Red, hopped in and got a whole tour by car of the cute mountain town… complete with the singing of the Bonanza theme! What a trip… this couldn’t be more fun. Thank you, Jacqueline, for the ride!!

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Me, Jacqueline and Rachel

We got a room, found a beer, and a short time later Adam arrived. He brought with him our town bags – shampoo, razors, soap, epsom salt, and the best ever – already laundered clothes.

Tomorrow we have a bunch of stuff we need to do to get ready for our next section. We also plan to visit the Green Cafe (which isn’t really a cafe) to hear Cuddles play his cello. He is thru-hiking the PCT and bouncing his cello up the trail to play along the way. Crazy awesome stuff!

Zero day tomorrow!

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Ahh! They're everywhere!

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My water bottle man.

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Oasis cache

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Crazy cactus

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That about says it out here!

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2 thoughts on “Day 11: Paradise Valley Cafe

  1. I see your daily report about PCT.
    Everyday your report is good and fantastic.
    I havn’t go to PCT but I want go.
    So your report will be great helpful to me.
    Thanks for your description about PCT.

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