Guys! I'm alive, this trail is magical and it's crazy. I have now successfully walked over 100 miles, eaten way too much garbage food and the hiker hunger is starting. Like with anything, every day has its ups and downs (the lowest of which was rolling my ankle a few days ago). It was one of those falls where everything was in slow motion and I heard a crunch. I've spent the last several hours icing, elevating, and buying a brace for it, hopefully in another 24 hours I'll be ready to rock and roll. Blisters are a weird thing as well, they exists, and don't seem to heal, but also mine aren't getting better, I'm trying new socks so we'll see how it goes, but I have Teflon toes... So any kind of tape is out of the questions. That's it for the lows.
Did I mention the trail is magic?
I've been out for almost two weeks now and it feels like a dream. The freedom is unlike anything I've done before. The hike community is unreal. Fellow hikers all feel like people I've known my whole life and trail Angels are often unseen, but leave water and snacks right where you need it. The views in SoCal are unlike anything I've ever seen, and despite water being a driving factor in most choices, I love it down here. I've hitched a few times, all with super sweet folks. Also leap frog is the name of the game out here. We're all kind of in this weird herd and just all kinda move at the same pace but take different breaks. Trying to keep a journal is tough, despite putting in 15 mile days on average, I still find myself exhausted and ready to crash when it gets dark. Hiker hours are from like 6AM to 9PM, so my body clock is a bit different these days, I rise with the sun and crash when it gets dark, plain and simple, no alarms needed. Siestas are also a huge part of my days it seems (its been cooler but when its hot they are a must) - gotta say though this dry heat is amazing. You sweat through your shirt, then the breeze comes and cools you right down, non of that silly south eastern humidity stuff.
In other seemingly exciting news, I have a trail name. It's Guac. Yes as in guacamole, the amazing dip that goes well with chips. There is also a hiker named chips, and we are kind of two peas in a pod, so that's kind of the short version of how that happened. Also, for anyone reading this, SPOTIFY. i just got a spotify premium account because although I thought I could live without music, I cant. Having playlist to hike to or wind down to at night, or play for everyone at siesta is a game changer, so if you feel like sending me a playlist, it would be greatly appreciated.
I think that's all I have for now, just know that I am a happy happy camper being made to feel small in epic landscapes every day, and love every single second of it, despite the blisters.