8.626 miles including half-mile hike-in to the trail
Both of us were excited to get back on the trail. There was probably some sense of concern that if we didn’t get back to hiking that we might lose the momentum we created with earlier hikes. We felt that with the end-of-summer five-day 54-mile segment, which took us well over the 100-mile mark of the PCT, we had made good progress. With Patti’s recent diagnosis of breast cancer and the treatment plan that it requires, we were afraid that time on the trail will be limited. But 2 weeks after round one of chemo, Patti feels great, wants to get back to normal, and we had the time. So, off to the PCT we go, albeit briefly.
It was a perfect day to get away. It had rained quite a bit the day before in the San Diego region. But by the time we arrived at the Indian Flats trail head around noon, the ground was mostly dry and the sky mostly clear. We dropped one car off at Warner Springs, an ending spot of an earlier segment done this summer, and then drove our second car on Indian Flats Road to the walk-in to the PCT trail head. We believed the distance ahead of us was going to be about 7-miles. But when all was done as told it was closer to 9-miles. The trail was a nice easy path. No rocks or sand. Beautiful scenery. Even some fall colors. Plenty of shade. Perfect weather.
Ultimately, this segment was likely more about getting back to normal than it was about hiking. With so much of our time recently spent with doctors and chemo nurses, multiple procedures and tests, and awaiting results, it just seemed like time to get away. We were both unbelievable grateful that we could enjoy the day.
Near the trail was a small glider port. We started to notice two small aircraft flying closely together but then we realized that one was actually a glider and was in fact, being towed by the small airplane. When the glider was released and it was flying on its own, we could hear a bizarre and haunting howl as it flew overhead. It sounded like the alien tripods in the movie “War of the Worlds.”
So far, so good with balancing the needs of Patti’s health with our goal of continuing our hike. It felt like an easy hike. We could have gone on further. It was invigorating. Felt great. Just like a normal hike.
We will continue to update the blog as we are able. We both sincerely appreciate the huge amount of support we have received. Thanks to everyone.
Patti & Lynn