Suck It Up buttercup, put your big girl panties on and cowgirl up! Yep that is what I told myself!!! I chose to do this hike and knew the pros and cons going in! The injury is just a set back, but that is why I started early after all lol. Slow n steady all the way and I don’t care if I set the record for taking the longest amount of time to achieve it, hehe. A couple weeks before my dad passed away I told him I decided I was going to go back to the PCT and make it to Canada. I remember he touched my hand, smiled and said “that’s my girl” he passed away February 8th, he was my biggest fan and cheerleader. I carry him with me everyday, the hardest part is when I take pictures, he loved checking facebook everyday to see my stories and my pictures!!! So this lady lit a fire under her ass, pulled up her boot straps, slapped herself in the ass and declared “giddy up” let’s do this and do it right!!! Can’t stop a rolling rock, adapt to the situation handed to me and overcome it!!! The PCT is addicting, she’s beautiful, majestic and soothing but now and then I think she challenges me to see if I have what it takes to see it thru!! Challenge accepted!!! Hopefully in a week or so I’ll be showing her who’s boss! Yeah this girl has what it takes!!! Stayed tuned ya’ll 🙂 keep it wild. Hugs to all of you!!!
It’s been quite a roller coaster ride of events since my last blog entry, LOL. The last 2 miles into Mt. Laguna were somewhat rough; It was a beautiful warm day which created alot of snow melt. The trail was a muddy, sludgey, slippery mess. Clay and Okie were hiking in front of me and I was somewhat relieved to see them struggling as much as I was, lol, shame on me
; We were all being tossed about, slipping n sliding all over the trail. We did walk on snow as much as possible because it was easier but not always an option. The next day I saw the young men who informed they were going home, okie had a bad knee injury and all 3 of us knew why. I told the boys that my left foot was sore but I thought it was just bruised from the rough terrain. Then Blondie and Doni came to visit me at the lodge and my day was instantly perfect!! I was like a kid at Disney land, I was so happy to see them again and of course Blondie packs enuff food, wine and goodies for a small army! Lol That evening ugliest cheerleader, coastal and his brother bipostal rolled into town! Yay what a fun way to end a perfect day! The first thing coastal yells is “pink panther!!!” Lol and in his hand was a tiny bottle of bailey’s irish creme, my favorite!! This man has never met me but knew from facebook that I liked baileys, lol. And he carried this all the way from the border just for me!!! I almost wanted to cry, his kindness definately touched my heart and flattered me!! We all enjoyed a couple hours together of food and wine, then the men went to their cabins, they were exhausted and ready for well deserved sleep in a bed!! The next morning my girls were gonna head back home, since I already hiked this bit we got into the car and drove to warner springs to retrieve a box I had there, with my medicines in it, duh it was Sunday lol grr . So we went to eagle rock to play around a bit and have a fun girls photo shoot. I decided I would stay in warner and wait for my box the next day and would just re hike the bit to idyllwild. We said our goodbyes which was hard on me, I really love these ladies and so wanted us all to hike together again. They got all the way home when they realized I left my stove in the car and drove it all the way back to me!!!! Yes I cried!!! I was so grateful and overwhelmed with emotion that they did this so I could have my hot coffee and dinners!!! I got my box from the post office, whew!!! But I noticed my foot was still in quite a bit of pain, I thought wow that’s weird it should feel better by now, I stayed in more night in warner and visited with the locals I had met last year, that was fun too!! Nope foot still in pain so I hitched to idyllwild, I already hiked warner to idyllwild last year and would rest there and then hike out to big bear (cuz I missed that bit last year) 3 days later I put my pack on, ready to tackle san jacinto! ! And bam! There it was, intense pain!!! My left foot couldn’t take the weight at all. Thanks to halfmile I got to the VA hospital in Loma Linda to get help. Doc said it’s not broke but the tendon on side of foot was in bad shape, it’s gonna take at least 2 weeks to heal. She also told me if I hiked on it before that I could separate the tendon from the ankle and then would never hike again! !! Ugh what a heart breaking blow that was. So now I have to decide what to do, stay or go home! Where to recover at that won’t cost me a small fortune? Decisions!!! I hate this part and it’s a tough one!!! I’m sure the answer and/solution will come to me. I hope n pray. So for now I’m on hold.
March 1st and 2nd were tough! Southern terminus to Lake Morena, it rained, all day, both days! It was like hiking through wet cement and cold. I enjoyed the hike in spite of the challenges and the weather. I saw yellow, pink and blue flowers and i think it was the blue ones that were emitting a beautiful sweet scent! On a possitive note, there was no lack of water them 2 days, lol. March 2nd after arrival at lake morena it hailed 3 different times lol, crazy. Took a zero day at lake Morena, Tuesday March 3rd to clean up gear and dry out. Was a beautiful mostly sunny day until about 1:30 p.m when the clouds rolled in and I’ll be damned if it didn’t start raining and hailing again! Ugh lol I’m starting to feel like a drowned rat and can hardly wait to get to Mt. Laguna and get a hotel room to wash myself and my clothes 🙂 I’m thinking I will take 3 days to get to Mt. Laguna. 6 miles, 7 miles and then 9 miles. I’m having some shin splint issues and don’t wanna make it worse, that and my muscles are kinda rebelling, lol. I’m starting to think the PCT likes giving me a smack down when I first start out hehehe but beep beep I’m coming thru!!! Ps…no pics yet due to rain ..Sighs. maybe next posting I hope.