The word of the day is windy. Almost as soon as I left the Mount Laguna Lodge, the wind started, and it rarely let up all day. There were also a number of incredible views, often of the desert just to the east.
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Today was a short day, but ultimately necessarily so, thanks to last night’s unexpected cold. I should have checked the weather report sometime yesterday. It was already somewhat cool when I got into my sleeping bag, and the temperature continued to fall throughout the night. In retrospect, I should have just stayed in my hiking clothes, rather than putting on my camp clothes, if for no other reason than my hiking pants have (detachable) long legs, and my camp shorts don’t.
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Today was my longest day yet (which, being day three, is not really saying much), progressing 14.8 miles down the trail to Long Canyon Creek. While I was still pretty tired when I got to camp, I was not as exhausted as I had been the last two days.
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My second day on the Pacific Crest Trail turned out to be an interesting mirror of my second day on the Appalachian Trail. Though pretty tired, I made some good progress, and managed to hide away in my tent for the evening just as the rain started.
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Lee made me a great breakfast of eggs, waffles, and bacon, and after saying goodbye to her, Steve gave me a ride to the trailhead. By 7:41, we were on our way (with a quick return a minute later so I could grab my sunglasses, which I forgot to pick up on my way out the door).
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