So, I should mention that I have a trail name, although there isn't a story to go with it. My name is Stag. I'm going with it for now, we'll see if it sticks! Also, 12 ounce, Gangsta Rap, Colin, and I have named ourselves Team Legs. I would say we all have great legs, but that would be presumptuous and is really in the eye of the beholder.
Our campsite last night was great! Quiet, no wind, and fairly warm. It was a bit of a late start, and once we were out of the protection of the trees it was windy and cold. Despite being cold and windy it was a beautiful day. As we climbed north, away from Hwy 58, we were treated to magnificent views east, south, and west, including Mt Baden-Powell which we bagged coming out of Wrightwood many miles ago.
We hiked 14 miles from our camp, to the next water source for a lunch break. It was a pretty slow and relaxed pace partially due to the fact that our packs are weighed down with 6 days of food and we were each carrying 3 liters of water each. Lunch was a delicious combination of crackers, cheese, and pepperoni, as well as some rice crackers, mike n ikes tropical typhoon, and Gatorade. All of which was purchased at the dollar tree in Tehachapi. Thank you Dollar Tree.
The waterless stretch after lunch was even longer, and we planned on dry camping, so I carried 5 liters of water in order to have enough for drinking tonight, cooking dinner, and the remaining miles tomorrow to get to the next water source. We only went another 5 miles after lunch before finding a nice little campsite with plenty of flat ground and a fire ring! The fire ring sealed the deal, so we set up camp at 5:30 and hung out in the sun for the next couple hours. For dinner we had what we termed "epic meal time" because of all the delicious food we packed in and were about to prepare. Colin cooked up a pasta side packet and then added salmon and artichoke hearts. The shotgun sisters made whole grain noodles with pesto and salmon with fresh pesto from the store, not the packet mix. I had whole grain pasta with pepperonis, artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, granulated garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. We each sampled each others and everything was delicious.
We then started to build a campfire when Speedbump, and a little later Barney, joined us at our camp. We then sat around the warmth of the fire and recounted the happenings of the past few days. One of the highlights was Speedbump recounting how some lady in Tehachapi pulled over in her car, asked if he wanted a hot meal, to which he said yes, and then she proceeded to drive him to a Salvation Army soup kitchen. He decided to just go along with since he was in need of a hot meal anyway. Just goes to show how much hikers resemble the homeless... Because we are.
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