First thing in the morning, I climbed to the high ridge to check the latest forecast. There was even more snow predicted now- 3 inches in town, and more up at higher elevations. I sniffed the air and glanced at the sky and felt the bite of cold breezes even through my rain pants and down coat.
|Climbing to the ridge.|
|Getting water at the spring.|
The hike was gorgeous through forest (yay trees!) and along a stream (yay water!).
As the trail descended I saw Joshua Trees for the first time- how cool!
At the road crossing, I waited an hour to see if any hikers would hitch to town with me. I was scared to hitch by myself but I wanted to get to town before the snow. Since I was scared I wasn't thinking too clearly. It was only 4 miles to town so I decided to walk the road- big mistake! It was narrow and windy with no shoulder and big trucks zoomed by. The wind gusts were so strong I couldn't hear traffic and I could not walk upright I kept being blown around. Walking that road was by far the most dangerous and horribly terrifying and stupid thing I've done out here. Thankfully a few PCT hikers picked me up- they were on their way to get Ninja Tank and go to kickoff. Thanks guys! Lesson learned for me. Next time I'm hitching from the road crossing even if I am alone.
In town, I joined Pathfinder at the Motel 6 to wait out the snow storm. Lots of hiker friends were there including Jordi! George, Pathfinder, Susan/Blue Yonder (another Susan we just met) and I all walked to dinner under a very cloudy sky and cold windy air. I'm so glad I played it safe even though I really prefer being out in my hammock. Guess we will see what happens tomorrow but hope to be back out there soon.