Day 13: Back Home in the Woods

April 27, 2017: Hiked Miles 179.4 to 183.3 plus 2.5 to get to PCT from Idyllwild (6.4 total)

We woke up this morning in our giant king size bed and had our last morning of luxury. Colton insisted on taking one last shower, since he had gotten so dirty sleeping in cotton sheets last night after his bath. 🤔 If you learn anything from being on the trail, it’s how to enjoy everything you have.  When we were grocery shopping yesterday we picked up a bag of Marshmallow Mateys and some milk for breakfast today.  I can’t even tell you how excited I was to eat breakfast. I can’t remember the last time I ate cereal, let alone marshmallows! We devoured the entire bag while watching Good Morning America.  It felt so exciting to eat and watch tv at the same time. Oh, the little things.

His aunt drove us back to Idyllwild and we said our goodbyes. She is so sweet to do all she has for us, and it’s been so nice to get to know her and her awesome family. We can’t wait to come visit them again when we finish hiking. Maybe take them to Disneyland to repay their hospitality. 

We went back to our favorite littke store,  Nomad Ventures, and Colton finally got new shoes. We both now have the Altra Lone Peak 3.0’s which at least half the people out here have. Might be a reason for that. We also bought new sleeping pads, the Z Lite Sol’s. They are cheaper and more lightweight than our current ones and will save a ton of time setting up and taking down camp because they just open up accordion style instead of having to inflate. We were sleeping horribly on our other, more expensive ones, so we decided to try a whole new design. I’ll let you know how they work out. Fingers crossed. 

We went to the post office to pick up Colton’s new backpack he ordered. It is an ultralight backpack and looks way different than conventional ones, but it’s supposed to be the most comfortable pack on the trail. He was previously using my old pack, which was way too short of a torso length for him and has been destroying his shoulders. Even though his new ultralight pack is a great pack, he’s been stressing, because it’s white…and he doesn’t want it to get dirty. Apparently looking good on the trail is more important than feeling good. Don’t worry, I’m working on him. 

We shipped our old shoes, sleeping pads, his old pack, and some other miscellaneous stuff home and sent half our food on to Big Bear City, our next resupply point.

We hitchhiked up to the trailhead and got a ride from a nice guy who shares his time between Idyllwild and Chicago. Quite the contrast in lifestyles. Colton got us a ride with him in about 1 minute. The people here are just so nice. So many people have gone out of their way to help us in these hiker towns. It’s been such a blessing. We ate lunch at Humber Park.  We had our normal lunch of tortilla, tuna, cheesestick, and slim jim and even added some sunchips this time and Colton tried a new combo: tortilla, peanut butter, Reeses Pieces, and sunchips. He said it was excellent. 

We finally started on the trail around 2:30 and climbed around 1700 feet in 2.5 miles to get back to the PCT. The first couple minutes felt rough after not hiking for over 48 hours but we quickly got back into our rhythm. We saw a bunch of friends along the way.  It seems like pretty much everyone takes a zero in Idyllwild.

Once back on the PCT,  he hiked another 4 miles to where we would camp tonight.

Who puts a random port-a-potty in the middle of the woods?

It was a short day, but we couldn’t really go any further tonight because the next 7 miles goes through a lot of snow, which we think is best to do during daylight. We already passed a lot of snow on the way to camp. It’s so crazy that this morning we were in 80 degree weather in the desert and now we’re back in snow at 9000 feet elevation. 
We set up camp, discussed how much better our feet already feel, ate dinner and watched a gorgeous sunset.

It feels so good to be back out here. I think having a day off made me appreciate and love the trail even more and made it feel like home. 

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