Tuesday, May 2
Start: Warner Springs
Stop: ridge top camp mile 129.25
The sky slowly brightens as we tread through the cow meadows of Warner Springs. The cows show their love by gushing pee from their bladders. I stop for a break and squeeze some rabbit pellets out of my ass. Good thing, because there is one hot climb ahead. After gathering water for 12 miles I meet a king snake section hiking the trail. The sweat pours out of me and my skin glissens as I slowly pull myself up the mountain. I’m focused on my forward progress but suddenly I notice rattle snake beads near my feet. I launch myself forward as if I’ve been bitten. I look back and a young rattler is just chillin’ next to the trail. Almost shouting, I say “Why didn’t you warn me?” No response. I push on through the heat, umbrella out and will my feet to carry me into the Herrera water.
After a couple hours of rest, I hike out with Scissors. We chat through the 2 mile climb where we arrive at ridge top camp. There’s like 20 hikers here tonight and we eat dinner watching a stunning sunset.
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