April 24 – Day 1Miles: 22
Ray and I at the southern terminus looking for an ass too carry my pack 😜.
The trail was nice so this made cruising pretty easy. As the day wore on, I caught other hikers and we chatted a little along the way. This definitely is an HYOH thing. Everyone has a hiking speed that’s their own. I lead a small group for about two hours then dropped out.
Got to hauser creek by 2pm, the 15 mile mark. Now I have a choice. Make camp here or crank the 5 mile uphill (1,000 ft.) climb to Lake Morena. My feet were killing me but I had way too much daylight left. So I rested about 45 minutes. Okay, that 45 minute rest felt like 15 but I stood up and put on my pack. Surprisingly, I felt pretty good. The climb was hard and my pace slow, but my training up Mt. Diablo paid off. I arrived at the lake by 5:30.
I turn in around 9pm. It felt so good to lie down!! Out like a light, I’m wide awake at 2am writing my first blog from the trail. Jeez! I now sleep will come…eventually.
Happy trails for now!!!