Sunday, May 23, 2010
The water cache at Highway 74, as Sam and Ryan promised, had plenty of water for me to load up. It also had boxes of snacks, tips, thru-hiker discounts in Idyllwild, and a bunch of miscellaneous stuff. I ate a bunch of Red Vines from the tubs, and picked up some duct tape. I usually like to have duct tape when I hike, but had neglected it before. I rolled a bit around my trekking pole now for whatever emergency purposes it might prove useful in the future.
I hiked a mile off trail at the end of the day to camp at Cedar Springs. It was a dispiriting having to hike so far off the trail, and the side trail was very steep no less (not PCT standards anymore!), but I needed water, and that's where it would be.
Which is where I found Mad Hatter and Tomer who had set up camp. Yes! More hikers! It had been a lonely day by myself, and I was glad to finally know where some other hikers were. I hoped Mad Hatter would set up his shark tent for me get a picture (I even offered to set it up for him), but he wanted to cowboy camp. Maybe the next night, I thought.....
I immediately named it Cyclonic, then set about to pop it. I poked a couple of holes in it, and a couple of drops of liquid came out, but then it stopped. It was as if the holes had healed in seconds. I did it again, with the same results. "Damn you, blister! Can't you cooperate?!" No, it would not.
I gave a play-by-play commentary to Mad Hatter and Tomer, who didn't seem all that thrilled to know off the gory details going on with my foot, and after a good ten minutes of fussing, I finally got all that pesky liquid out. That was one, tough blister!
Late in the afternoon, two more hikers arrived--John and John. I hadn't seen or met them before, a couple of fine lads from Boise. They didn't seem especially talkative, though, so I didn't really learn a whole lot about them.
Posted by Ryan at 12:29 PM