Day 21 – Holcomb creek and down

May 14th
Miles: 275 to 293.3

Woke early at 275 and got ready for the day. This mostly includes stuffing food bars into my right hip belt pocket and pouring a Starbucks via packet into my water bottle cold and strapping on the pack.

Walked along the trail as it intersects with many roads in this area.  There was a large fire here years ago and it still is barely recovering.

Walking the trail you find yourself thinking about things you have not thought of in years. Things from when you were a kid, things people say to you that you forgot etc. A lot of stuff comes back up, I might venture to say they are repressed memories or feelings etc. For me it is little stuff,  I have dealt with the big things in my life head on, it is little things I maybe should have done that bug me.

Today was talking about those we left behind in Big Bear at the hostel. Seems there are some barriers the PCT has in place for people. The first day is rough and weeds out the casual. By Mt. Laguna you have weeded out the people wanting to lose weight. By Idyllwild you weed out those with blisters and so forth and now Big Bear is the Achilles and shin splints filter.  The oddly effeminate ex-marine guy at the hostel “Sarge” seems to take it all in stride, he sees this same thing every year, people sick, going for xrays, staying a week and swearing to be back on trail at the end of that time. Sarge it seems has seen it all, and has wisdom to give about it. Nice guy, just a little odd.

Made my way to Holcomb creek at mile 286.1 to type this.  There is a birthday party on trail for day-glo (girl who wears a day glow tutu) at mile 292 and I plan to camp right before mile 295. Mile 300 tomorrow! Pretty awesome

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Everyone is complaining about pack weights coming out of town, we all added extra foods and treats.

Will update before sleep.

Walked along through a large burn that I could tell was once a beautiful cool forest. The burn had reduced it to a barren wasteland which was just starting to recover. I realize that the forests in this part of Southern California routinely burn and regrow  but I wished I could see it before the fire had destroyed it.

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Though soon I found myself walking amidst the burn and we found a perfect tree and sat under. It was shady with wide branches and flat earth. It was good and when we all turned t I leave I wanted to take a picture but with none of us there it seemed not right. Walking into the forest more we come to the creek and stopped and rested and ate food and got water.

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There are little lizards here which will run out when you are on a rock and do pushups to show you how tough they are, it is awesome.

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Hiking on, we show for the birthday party and my friend “I can’t hike 55” or just “55” was there to drop off packs for slack packers (carrying most of the hikers gear for them so they can hike lite and fast). We did the birthday party and had pizza, beers/soda and cake. Life goes on on the trail, birthdays, anniversaries etc.

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Finally we find camp at 293.3 and make a small fire and are besides a waterfall.

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