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I 10 to Campsite along Mission Creek (mile 232)
Currently, I am enjoying a beautiful sunset with Mission Creek’s cool water lulling me to sleep. However, not so most of the day. My clothes are stiff and stained from sweat and on top of that I am sporting a red rash in spots that my clothes cover. Most likely a heat rash. Not pretty at all. It was HOT. My saving grace: my wide brimmed hat, bits of shade under bushes, and fruit punch Gatorade. I am thankful.
The trail in this section has a gentle upward grade, but is not maintained in a lot of areas making it difficult to find the trail in sections. The desert wildflowers for the first few miles were gorgeous. The water sources I think are a bit disgusting. I decided to double zap with my Steripen and add Aquamira.
I visited with Robo Cop and Happy Pants for awhile at the Whitewater River. They are retired cops that are thru-hiking the whole PCT. You can find them on Trail Journals under Three Little Pigs (they lost one of the pigs).
It was very different hiking solo today. Calming and less hurried. My favorite moment was when I just flopped my body into Mission Creek after hiking 16 scorching miles. I am testing more gear on this trip and am excited about a couple key items in my pack. Namely my new Stowaway Fisher Space Pen and part of a Rite in the Rain notebook. More upcoming later.
I want to take a moment to thank you readers for following along. I love hearing your comments, thoughts, questions, and ideas, but mostly for just sharing yourselves.
Plan for Tomorrow: Get an alpine start with my bright, new headlamp.