Friday, April 6, 2018 8:42 pm
Location: Saddle Junction / Idyllwild (179.4 miles)

Today got off to a slightly earlier start than usual, thanks to an annoying wake-up call from a telemarketer, but I was feeling a lot better than I was yesterday, and felt some hiking was in order.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 9:58 pm
Location: Idyllwild (168.6 miles)

Today was nice and lazy, my first actual zero on the PCT. Granted, I only put in a half-mile day when I went into Warner Springs, but that day didn’t feel like a zero, in spite of the distance actually covered being basically a rounding error.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 6:18 pm
Location: Idyllwild (168.6 miles)

With a campsite in a valley, it was surprisingly cold overnight, and definitely more humid than I preferred. It’s always pretty lousy when your dryish clothes get wetter just by sitting there. But, not every campsite can be warm and dry. At least mine was close to water and a restroom.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 4:29 pm
Location: Spitler Peak Fire Alternate / Hurkey Creek Park (168.6 miles)

Although I did not manage to set a record time for departing camp this hike, I at least managed to leave camp before 8 am, and despite ending the day with more than a few hours of daylight left, I got to where I expected to go and had plenty of time to relax at the end of a hard day of hiking.

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Monday, April 2, 2018 4:25 am
Location: Campsite 161.0 (161 miles)

Last night was one of the lumpiest tentsites I’ve ever had, and it was not enhanced by the coyotes yipping around 1 am. Nor was it enhanced by the unexpectedly cool temperatures: I found a small amount of ice in my tent, indicating it had dropped below freezing at some point. I did manage to get some sleep, though, and I was awake early enough to have my stuff packed and ready to go to be ready for Paradise Valley Cafe when they opened at 8.

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