Tuesday, 1 May 2012
We have made it further still. Devoured the eggs and picked up some free food from the hiker box in Mt. Laguna. Off we went with the extra dozen eggs we bought just in case other people wanted them. I carried them all the way to the "closed" campsite about ten or so miles outside of Mt. Laguna. Did not crack one egg! The other people could not believe it. I had also carried tortilla shells and half an onion, so supper was not too bad at all. Also, got some leftovers from Meredith. Quite tasty vegetarian meal. Got a pretty good sleep. Last ones to leave the campground. We got water and were on the move. Hiked with a pretty cool guy named Wolverine for awhile. Continue to meet new and interesting people. Tyler from North Dakota, Neon who worked for NASA, Baro from Alabama hiking with Jangles, H-Bomb and Mouse, a seventeen year old from Champaign, IL named Brandon. We pass, hike with and mingle with these people all day and many more. There are a lot of people in the start, but we have been told it starts to thin out as time progresses. We missed a turn today on our hike and it ended up tagging on an extra mile. We had been hiking with Brandon and were walking along a road going uphill. Matthew and I tackled the bill pretty hard, and I would say climbed it at a pretty good click. Saw a sign off to the right but did not see a trail. I figured it was just marking that we were heading the correct way. Kept on going. Came to another road. Figured this is not correct. Finally, pulled out the map. Turned around. Extra mile/mile and a half on the day. Trail was just beyond the marker sign on the left. Made it to the next water. Filled up, hung out, cooked some food in the shade and talked with others doing the same thing. Decided to continue onward. Walked the ridge of a mountain as the sun set over mountains to our left. Hunkered down next to a few other people down In a valley just a few miles outside of the next water source for the next twenty five miles or so.