PCT 2007 – Day 53 – Wrightwood, ca – Little Jimmy Camp

Day 53 5-17-07 Cowboy Camp
Wrightwood – Little Jimmy Camp
14.5 miles; 384 total miles (12); 2219.6 trip miles
Sunny, 70’s

We had a great nightís sleep at the Fleury’s house.¬†¬† We woke up and she had scrambled eggs w/sausage, onions, and something else to make breakfast burritos.¬†¬† The eggs came from their own chickens.¬†¬† We started our laundry first thing and it still took until almost 10 AM.¬†¬† The wild part was that Colleen, our host, left us four in the house alone because she and the kids had to leave first thing to go visit Grandma.¬†¬† So we hung out in her home while she wasn’t there. ¬† I have never heard of a trail angel doing that.¬†¬† All she asked was that we close the front door on the way out.

We left once the laundry was done.¬†¬† I went to the supermarket for food, which for some reason cost me $40 more than the last two times and I bought the same amount of days of food.¬†¬† Next I hit the PO and got my new pack.¬†¬† She is great but I’m still carrying too much weight on my shoulders when the pack is really full. ¬† I have named her Bessy.
I didn’t have much time so I had to double time it to the library where our ride was picking us up.¬†¬† She arrived and gave Blue Sky, Vortex, Craig, Neptune, Mr. Fusion, and I a ride back up to the trail.

My group of 4 sat and snacked a bit before moving on to Grassy Hollow Family Campground where we had to get our water for the next 13 miles.¬†¬† We climbed to 7480′ and then down to 6585′ to Vincent Gap.¬† At the gap I had a snack and fueled up for the 4 mile climb and 2800′ of climbing to reach the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell. ¬† It took me a little over 1.5 hours to reach the summit, which is a new record for me on this trip.¬† The whole group from the truck ride got up there and then all but Blue Sky and Vortex cooked up there.

I was the last of my group to leave and had a nice solo hike to Little Jimmy Spring where I finally caught Craig.  From the summit of Baden-Powell, we had a few small ups and downs, then it was mostly downhill to camp.  There are a lot of us here.  Wounded Knee is here and then I met Wilderness Bob, Max, and Fester.

On the way here I also met Geezer. He told me he heard a lot about me from the other hikers.  I hike fast, talk fast and my parents are fast, so it made sense, so he said.

I had a great sunset as I hiked to here. It was one of the nicer ones in a while.

Scatman 2011- This day was great, then it was stressful, then it was great. ¬†Breakfast was great, then errands sucked since I was pressed for time and I’m sure I forgot something since I did even when I wasn’t under time constraints. ¬†Then the hike was great, hard but so rewarding. ¬†The climb up Baden-Powell was a ball buster but when I reached the summit it was so worth it.

The trees right before the summit were around 2000 years old.  It blew me away to think I was so young compared to these ancient trees.  They were beautiful in a odd way.  I almost shed a tear thinking about them and everything they probably went through.  It made what I was doing seem so easy.

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