Last night was quite cold. We woke up to frost on our tent fly. I woke with the
sun around 6:30, but it was way too cold to get up, so went back to sleep and woke
at 7:30 with the warm sun hitting the tent...it felt great. We got on the trail 2 hours later and started the 9 mile hike to Mount Morena, our planned campsite for the night. By the way...here is a picture of our first nights campsite.
Today's hike was more ups and downs with a big down followed by a big up with many false peaks. We would reach what we thought was the top and then we would start heading back up again. Here are a few pictures to show you the terrain we are dealing with.
We met many other hikers today on the trail and hike with a few for a couple of miles. We also experienced another trail angel gift when we came across this water stash on the top of a peak in the middle of nowhere.
Later in the day we actually came across the guy (Mr. Clean) who provide this magic. He hiked the PCT last year and wanted to give back to this years hikers. How cool is that?!?
After we finally hit the actual peak of the day we were rewarded with a view of our stop for the night... Lake Morena Campground.
After a couple more miles we finally made it there and was greeted with a bathroom with flushable toilets...luxurious! TheY have a section here where all the PCT hikers can pitch a tent for only $5 and it seems that everyone hiking the trail is here. There must be at least 20 hikers staying here tonight. Hopefully we are going slower then most and will have a quieter place to stay tomorrow night. There is a snorer a few tents away and I am quite worried about the earlier risers tomorrow. At least it is before 9pm so we should be able to get plenty of sleep.
I will leave you tonight with some awesome words my dear friend Cathy sent me:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warmly upon your face
and the rains fall softly on your tent!