After one of the most restful nights I’ve had on the trail (owing in no small part to tenting under a tree on grass with nice weather), I wound up getting a later start than anticipated, had a very tiring hike, didn’t meet my distance goal for the day, and had all sorts of annoying things go wrong.
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Today was an unexpectedly lazy day for me, starting with the short half-mile walk to the Warner Springs Community Center, which seems a quite popular destination for hikers. Most of the hikers I’ve met in the last week have wound up here today.
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Yesterday was a bleak landscape of cactus, rocks, and dirt. Today was anything but. As I said the other day: turn the corner, and you’re in a completely different painting.
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With my tent properly set up, and a distinct lack of wind, I slept reasonably well last night. I was so tired from the long day, though, that I slept in a bit and didn’t leave camp until almost 8:45 am. And that late start was delayed by an unexpected surprise: a water cache just a few tenths of a mile from where we camped, and earlier than the expected one under the CA-78 bridge.
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Last night was one of my most uncomfortable nights on the trail ever. I’m not entirely sure I actually got any sleep, as the continuous winds caused my tent to flap incessantly. It was very loud, and I couldn’t even stretch out comfortably because then the tent’s flapping around would cause it to hit my feet and head. Somehow, I managed at least a little rest, and around 5 am, the winds started to die down and I could “sleep” a little more comfortably.
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