Today, I hiked 16.5 miles to a stealth campsite on top of a rocky ridge. I am with Professor and Bluejay. I am cowboy camping, which is just my bag on the rocks, no tent. Hoping for some great views of stars tonight. Also hoping no snakes try to warm up with me.
The trail today was rocky with some steep and and downs, climbing some vertical wall faces. Some climbs were challenging, but fun and tiring at the same time. It was not an easy day, but it was a good day. Someone left a lot of water at most of the road crossings today. That was so appreciated as it was warm and not much water was available from natural sources. Trail Magic! I got to thank one person I met who put some out. It was so warm, I hiked shirtless today. Only had to say “Ladies, my eyes are up here” 20 or some times. Haha. It is forecast to be in the 90s most of the week, so ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Walked, climbed and had to take my pack off to get through the Lemon Squeezer.
My hiking partners and I walked down into a state park picnic/beach area. They had soda and ice cream down there. It was great. Professor started talking with a family I having a bbq in the picnic area. Before you know it, the family gave us amazing Spanish Rice, grilled chicken and prime rib. Crazy amazing and so greatful. Trail magic!
Goodnight from the woods.