TRAVERSING A MEADOW
PCT DAY 6: Mile 95.2 – Mile 115 (Aqua Caliente Creek)
Tuesday April, 19 2016: 19.8 miles (32 km)
Today could not have been more different then yesterday. What a relief, we were not sure we had it in us for another day hiking like yesterday. Not yet anyway. Today we had greenery and a cool breeze, open meadows and gentle terrain.
Morning hiking is brilliant.The body is rested, the air is cool and the hiking seems easy. Winding our way over several gullies towards the San Jose Valley we walked through lush green vegetation with my new found love, the cactus flowers, few and far between. The sound of the industrious bees was now accompanied by birds chirping. It was heavenly when compared to yesterday.
And when we hit the rolling meadow it was absolutely delightful hiking in lush pastureland. Bright yellow and orange wildflowers punctuated the expanse of the green grass. It was so beautiful I was tempted to roll around in the field but there was still plenty of hiking to do before we reached our lunchtime destination. We were stopping for a bit in Warner Springs to recharge our batteries and resupply with food before heading back out.
Warner Spring Community Centre is really well set up to take care of hikers. There was cold drinks, food, bucket showers, Epsom salt foot baths and most importantly great friendly people to help with anything a hiker might need. We were surprised to see so many hikers had pitched their tents there and were staying for a few days. We heard a few stories of injuries, sore feet and blisters requiring a rest.
We spent about 4 hours there and left after the food cart served up a delicious pulled pork sandwich and chicken enchiladas. With our bellies full we headed out for another couple of hours hiking in the cool of the late afternoon. We stopped and camped by Aqua Caliente creek. It feels quite surreal to hear the sound of running water and frogs croaking as we lie in our tent. Only yesterday we were cooking in a desert furnace. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
So far our feet and bodies are handling the hiking fine. No major issues. Today we hiked 32 kilometres in around 8 hours. By far the easiest day.