PCT Day 3: Paradise is a Taco Salad
Day 3 5-21-2015 Sleep 2200-400
When I woke up, I felt rather tired and a bit sore. No big deal, I should be. It took me almost two hours to warm up and feel semi decent. As I was leaving Warner Springs, down a hill and across a creek, I saw him good. I turned my headlamp to the high setting, which is like a car low beam. The mountain lion jumped ten feet in air and to the side. Almost enough to make it out of the lights field. Damn, I thought. If I could move like that. But then I remembered, that they over heat in no time. Yes, I guess I would rather be a human for my adventure. However; I often envy some of the other creatures on this planet and there physical abilities. The day got hot quick once some fog and clouds cleared. About 23 miles in, I took my only rest. I found a spot with a back rest and feet up combo. I quickly untie my shoes and rip of my socks. I lay the shoes and socks in the sun and make sure my feet get some too. This is an important thing I try to do each and every day. I don't like to take breaks, I lose momentum. But in a 16-18 hour day, there is plenty of time to get it back. It feels refreshing when you put your socks and shoes back on and they feel lighter and drier. But the most important for me, is that it give the skin a chance to dry and become hard again, instead of staying wet and getting softer. I think it will be less of a problem on the PCT because of the drier climate compared to the AT. But I am not taking any chances and I am staying on top of it.
|The fog keeping things cool|
|But the sun eventually worked through|
|Most hikers go for the grease; I eat a salad|