You live in my past, but I'll keep updating in sequence anyway.
PCT: Day 10
Who's gunna wake up first?
Who's gunna get up first?? Whose gunna leave first??? Backpacking in a "group" on a thruhike is somewhat of a loose bond. Paramount to the thruhiking experience is: "hike your own hike," so even though you may be in a group, you're not all gunna be with each other every step of the way. We each get up at various times, pack up at different speeds, and get back out on the trail once we've double checked we left no trace. But it's not important to wait for the other hikers in your group before leaving, because you usually have talked about some destinations and stops along the way to meet up and go from there.
Even so, hiking each day is kind of like playing a game of leap frog in the greatest playground on earth, and sometimes you don't even know you lept over someone. Case in point: this morning,@mczonthepct
leaves early, and I follow ten minutes later. I then spend the better part of the day trying to catch up, and I never do. In fact, I feel like I'm so far behind, even the others must have passed me up when I had to go take care of a "desert strike" mission, which basically amounts to "Drop the package first, dig cat hole and fill later." So when mid afternoon comes about, you are surprised to see that you actually made it to your potential camp site before anyone else. Only the camp situation at Mike's place is of the weirdly strange, eclectic, and bizarre, meaning you don't know how long you'll stay, especially when it's only 2:30pm and there's still a lot of daylight left to hike in. There's a guy there named strange bird, and he has a tail, and he's known for making some pretty damn good pizzas with fresh pizza dough from fresh yeast, but when The other two in the group meet up, and the three of us conclude Mcz must have gotten here and already pushed on and we do the same. To our surprise, we come to find out that as we are about to get back on the trail proper, here she is running into us. She has been behind us for a large part of the day! Regrouped and ready we decide push on a few more miles to finish the day.