Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

Day 13: Idyllwild [mp 179.4]

Was up around 6am and Chief and I were soon heading down the trail. We had a lot of climbing right out of the gate. We ran into Colin a few miles down the trail. He had found an ice axe in a hiker box, he didn’t know how to mount it to his pack though so I shows him how.

Soon after we encountered snow, one patch was a whopping four feet long. Break out the crampons! The mountain scenery is a nice change from the desert.

We reached Tahquitz creek and I filled up on water. I forgot to get a picture of the first mountain stream on the whole trail.

Chief and I spent the morning talking about the ins and outs of machine politics. I told him he needed to watch The Wire.

Reached Saddle Junction and turned off the PCT to head towards Idyllwild. It is a pretty good drop over two miles. Saw a good handful of PCT hikers i had never met heading back up the trail. It was almost like a shift change. They had taken a day or two off and headed the opposite direction which was the only reason we saw them. Hiking you generally just see the same people every few days unless you take time off.

We reached the parking lot and started walking down the road. Since it was 11am nobody was driving down the mountain. One car passed us and I didn’t bother sticking out my thumb. About 15 minutes and 1/2 mile later a second car began to pass us. Although i don’t look anything like Uma Thurman in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, my thumb was just as effective as hers. Within a couple of seconds the car hit the brakes and we were able to get a ride into town.

One of the hotels here has a deal for PCT hikers…60 bucks a night and includes laundry plus a ride back up to the trail. State Park was only $3 a night, but then I’d have to worry about all my crap and couldn’t spread stuff out and get reorganized as easy…hence it was an easy decision.

Went to the store and got some essentials (chips+salsa+beer). Post office had my boxes so I brought them back to the room and unpacked. Went out and located where I had taken a photo in 1996, it was a lot farther out of town than I remember. Called Cora and came back to the room and called it a night.

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My camp right near the trail, I don't like doing this but it was up on the edge of a mountain and there wasn't much choice.

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Sunrise and Chief
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Snow!
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That was about the most snow we encountered

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I put Colin's ice axe onto his pack

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More snow!

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We turned off the PCT here and did a big drop down a side trail to Idyllwild
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Walking the road to Idyllwild, had to wait awhile for a car to come so we could hitch a ride.
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I like the satellite dish placement.

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In Idyllwild! The key to my hotel room.
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Although the first thing I got was coffee.

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First time I have seen one of these in a hiker box
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Pulled the blister bandages off my feet
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What my socks did to the sink

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outside the library
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I also bought some essentials that are not practical while hiking.

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My room
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The Idyllwild Inn

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Getting my boxes at the Post Office. I had my food box, plus my "bounce" box containing my laptopl
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Another hiker at the PO

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Drying out my ground cloth.

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Looks like I need to spend more time on my penmanship.
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Copying photos to the laptop.

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Amazing, you don't have to dig a hole nor get attacked by flies while doing your business.
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Free shoes.
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I walked to the County Park so I could recreate a photo I took in 1996.
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A record store!
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I don't ever recall walking this far out of town but apparently I did.
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Recreating the photo from 1996. I don't have the original online here, but it is on my twitter page.

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Where the phone booth used to be.
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Talking to Cora outside the liquor store where it said "no loitering", complete with a chair below the sign.

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I saw Independence Day here in 1996.
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People doing Karaoke

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