Date: April 10, 2016
Scissors Crossing (mile 77) to 3rd Gate campsite (mile 91.5)
Lindsey and the kids drive us to the trailhead from Carlsbad. As if that wasn’t enough, they walked a quarter of a mile or so with us on the PCT.
The kids wore their backpacks too. Very adorable. We’re gonna miss them. We owe a huge thanks to Lindsey and Toph for hosting us the last 2 nights. Thank you!!
We cross the highway around 10:45 am and start our second backpacking trip. This one six or seven days long.
We climb and climb and climb some more on gently graded trail. Most of the day we can see the highway to our left. But that doesn’t take away from the scenery.
Dramatic clouds, blooming desert plants – including a few that we didn’t see on the other side of the highway, and cool temperatures make for a great day. The clouds threatened all day but no showers prevailed.
We carried 9 liters of water for the next 24.5 miles (14.5 today and 10 tomorrow) to our next water source.
Generous people stock a water cache near our camp tonight but we won’t need any. Given the number of hikers in recent years we won’t be relying on water caches. If we come across them and really need some, we’ll help ourselves, but we shouldn’t need to.
Laurie’s feet feel a little better today. The blister under her left foot is still tender and bothers her as the day wears on, but no knee pain in either leg or the top of her left foot. She’s all smiles when we get to camp. A real trooper!
We ate dinner around 6:30pm and hung out in our tent until bed. There’s lots of people at our camp and we chatted with a few of them, but mostly kept to ourselves. It feels as if there’s so much to do. Especially when we have service!
Since we started hiking, we’ve been impressed by the number of older hikers. We met a woman at our camp tonight who is 71 years old! Go Grandma (that’s her trail name.)
It’s almost 8pm and we are ready for bed. The clouds have parted and we’re hoping for clear skies and no rain.
Tonight we are grateful for our cozy air mattresses and clean socks.