Hydrate or Die
PCT – Chariot Canyon to Ridge above San Felipe Valley (Anza Borrego State Park)
This was the day I was most anxious about. Hot, exposed hiking is not my friend. My body starts to do weird things in the heat and it is scary. My strategy today was to hike slower, at a steady pace, not to get my heart rate up, take more breaks in the shade, and concentrate on cool not stressful things. Which is kind of funny because you really need to constantly be looking for rattlesnakes!
The route today dropped us into the San Felipe Valley, then back up through Anza Borrego Park. My strategies seamed to work. I feel good tonight, am well hydrated, and only got cranky a few times. Dan, on the other hand is mister twinkle toes in the desert. He loves it and savors heat. Not great on my ego. 🙁 I do love the desert environment, even the snakes. The cactus were amazing and the desert floor was dotted with tiny wildflowers of all sorts.
The water sources continued to be interesting and spread out forcing the hiker to carry at least 4 to 6 liters at a time. Very heavy.
Our camp tonight is soft, flat, free of pokey plants, warm, and the moon light is filling our tent with soft light.