Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 15: Awww Heysen

Friday, March 29, 2019 – 5.30 miles

I read during breakfast and finished the book, then completed my other chores. While waiting for my external battery to charge, I bought a root beer float at the community centre. I received a bottle of root beer, an empty cup, and a plastic cup of ice cream (like a Dixie cup, but the brand was a mystery). I squeezed the ice cream into the empty cup and poured in the root beer… the root beer was too much! The ice cream was too little! Heresy! Perhaps foolishly, I decided not to buy anything for my chafe, because the sunscreen seemed to work decently and the chafe hadn’t bothered me during my time in Warner Springs. Maybe I was just walking weirdly the one day. And if sunscreen can be multi-purpose, who am I to deny it that fulfillment?

Despite an offer of hot dogs and watching softball at 3:00 PM, I left the community centre around noon. The first day after resupply is always the worst, but I felt listless even considering my heavier pack. Normally when I take neros, I arrive at the rest stop in the morning and take the afternoon off, so maybe taking the morning off doesn’t agree with me.

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The scenery reminded me of the Heysen, first pastoral and then hilly and scrubby. There was even a drop where the trail eroded into a gully. Aww Heysen.

The trail crossed a sandy stream called Aqua Caliente multiple times – the water looked kinda scummy by the highway but improved at later crossings.

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Aqua Caliente
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I made camp at an established site a short distance before the last crossing and haven’t seen any other hikers since then.

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