Another cold night at elevation at Mount Laguna Campground . I got in late from the trail and by the time id eaten i had to jump im my sleeping bag without putting up the tent .
In the morning I had a hot shower , its amazing how the little luxurys suddenly become such grand luxurys on the trail . I paid four quaters for four minutes . Im not sure if thats the same price as a gallon of petrol over here , but not far off .
I broke camp and hit the road again. I was immediatly greeted by this little Woodpecker , i stood and listened to him clonking away for a while on the trunk of a pine before remembering I should be making some miles .
Today the trail passes into a section that was pioneered by the American Mail service in the 1850s . The postal service used mules to carry mail over such steep and rugged terrain . So the path became affectionatly known as “The Jackass Trail” . An amazing walk with mighty views out over the arid hills of California . The variety of walking in just four days amazes me .
It was mighty hot up there today . A couple of times i had to stop and take my shoes off to let my poor feet recuperate . But Im grateful to say i pushed on , otherwise I may have missed my first encounter with a Horny Lizard . It was a prehistoric experience to say the least . An ancient reptile ancestor of dinasours ..
Oh yes , i do believe in Dragons !!
I resumed my hike full of enthusiasm for the trail , its good how just a little thing can make such a big moment in a day , and you never know when its going to happen . Darn! Im beging to sound like Forest Gump ! Oh Dang it .. I said Darn too !!
Later I hiked down through the sunset into a peaceful valley with a dry creek in it , where several other hikers are camping . A few too many mozzies for my liking , but at least ive got me tent up now ,and a cup of hot chocolate before bed … Mmmmmmmm !!
Right then off to see Uncle Ned !
Blister count : 11 ( plus the two on top of other blisters ) so 13 in all .