The afternoon at Ziggy’s was low key, but nice. I mostly lounged around sipping water. There had been a Pizza run earlier for lunch and several boxes of cold pizza were still available.
I had two slices and couldn’t eat any more. I am convinced I’m not eating enough and I should have more energy than this. The fabled “Hiker Hunger” hasn’t hit me yet, and I find I’m often forcing myself to eat.
Ziggy and Bear (her husband) don’t supply dinner, so one enterprising guy was going to call a Taxi to get In-and-Out (A California Burger chain). He asked if anyone else wanted in.
He got 20 orders.
It was the best $10 cheeseburger I’ve ever had. 😍
After the sun went down it slowly cooled off. By 9pm it was 80deg, which felt almost cool after the heat of the day. (It reached 102). Everyone laid their pads out and slept under the stars. The moon was almost full and almost too bright to sleep under, but I managed.
Around 3am the first set of hikers left to start the uphill trail. I realized this was a great time to start and be higher in elevation before the heat sets in. I started to get up and sat back down. The energy just wasn’t there and I wasn’t going to make the trail that morning.
I went back to sleep.
The place is clearing out as people leave. My plan is to rest, eat, hydrate and start early the following morning. This puts me behind my “Schedule”, but that’s why I started early.
Three ladies who made it here actually scored a ride to Big Bear, the next town. They all suffered in the heat and that cuts out 65 miles of trail, the first 30 miles of which you gain 5,000+ ft of elevation. They had one seat open and offered it to me.
I was sorely tempted, but this morning told them no. I need to hike the trail, even the ugly parts. (I suspect I will regret this later 😏 )
Cheryl Strayed in the book Wild skipped most of the desert when she started her journey. I’ve come to understand her genius. So far my trip has driven home that I will never love the desert. At least I now know why.
Here are a couple of Picts of the yard, followed by someone who is building their re-supply boxes.