Day 46: Zero In Tehachapi

The nurse practitioner I meet is nice and says she can do a bunch of tests but she suspects it’s my diet causing the cramps and that I may be a little constipated. She recommends a handful of vitamins to get supplements for and tests me for a UTI just in case – “there’s aContinue reading “Day 46: Zero In Tehachapi”

Bad Stomach – Day 45: Tyler Horse Canyon to Tehachapi

PCT miles: 541.5 to 558.5 Miles: 17 I don’t get up early and neither does Rawhide. We sleep in and get moving around 630 and 7. Mountain passes me but I catch him again on a break and we muse about how fast the shade disappears. The climb isn’t as bad as I expected butContinue reading “Bad Stomach – Day 45: Tyler Horse Canyon to Tehachapi”

Shade Sleeping – Day 44: Cottonwood Creek Bridge to Tyler Horse Canyon

PCT miles: 534.9 to 541.5 Miles: 6.6 Rawhide and I mutually don’t get up to go hike a few more miles. Instead I sleep until the sun starts heating up my tent, so I move my tent and sleep some more until it comes for me again. Then I pack up my tent and justContinue reading “Shade Sleeping – Day 44: Cottonwood Creek Bridge to Tyler Horse Canyon”

The LA Aqueduct – Day 43: Wee Vill Market to Cottonwood Creek Bridge

PCT mile: 517.6 to 534.9 Mikes: 17.3 I wake up around 630 and go to the market for breakfast. I eat French toast, eggs, hasbrowns and sausage. I am so thankful for this grill being here. I sit with Rawhide, Twerk and several others from the group.  Twerk to Rawhide: “I saw you looking atContinue reading “The LA Aqueduct – Day 43: Wee Vill Market to Cottonwood Creek Bridge”

Wee Vill Market – Day 42: Sawmill Camp to Wee Vill Market (near Hiker Town)

I don’t sleep well. My mind is racing until late and once I fall asleep I wake frequently. I hear Cadi (I was still spelling her name wrong) and Hobo start moving in the dark and think they’re getting ready to go when I realize it’s only 2:30 am so I go back to sleep.Continue reading “Wee Vill Market – Day 42: Sawmill Camp to Wee Vill Market (near Hiker Town)”

14 things I wish I’d known before my first backpacking trip

My first-ever backpacking trip was to Havasu Falls, Arizona, a three-day, two-night trip. I was invited less than a week before the trip, had zero gear, and had only ever hiked 8 (miserable) miles in a day. I gathered all my gear from REI rentals and Amazon and ended up with a pack that I struggledContinue reading “14 things I wish I’d known before my first backpacking trip”

9 tips to make hiking more enjoyable

1. Use your feet/ankles/toes. When hiking uphill, think of the way you get “up” the mountain as coming from your ankles, feet and toes propelling you, rather than your thighs/quads doing all the work. Another way to think of this is: Imagine your back foot pushing you forward rather than your front leg standing you up.Continue reading “9 tips to make hiking more enjoyable”