The journey has begun! We got a to the border smoothly this morning thanks to Nana and Uncle Bobby. Our family has just been incredible during our stay with them these past few days. Thanks guys!
After arriving at the monument we had a nice lunch with Nana and Bobby and then said our goodbyes. We got going north at the crack of 12:30pm, which should not surprise anyone who knows me.
Our packs were embarrassingly heavy as we took our first steps toward Canada: mine weighed 46 lbs while Caitlin’s weighed about 40 lbs. Not exactly breaking any ultralight records. The main culprit was 5 days worth of scandalously gourmet (read: heavy) food that we picked out from Trader Joes, and 8 liters of water each. That’s about 18 pounds of water for those of you keeping score out there.
Nevertheless we made good progress through the dry chaparral landscape, ultimately coasting into our dry camp after an enjoyable 9 miles of hiking. The weather was not too hot and the desert landscape was beautiful. We are both surprised by the amount of life and color out here, even in the long absence of rain that has plagued this region.
Tomorrow we head out towards our first real water source (Lake Morena), which is a full 18 miles from the water faucet in Campo where we started. Now you see why we’re carrying so much water!
It’s on to lighter loads as we eat and drink our way through our supplies. Today was a great first day and hopefully tomorrow will be even better.
We’re taking it easy for now with the mileage, letting our bodies get adjusted to our new life of walking. The time of 20 mile days is coming, but it’s not quite here yet.
It’s 9:30pm and I’m actually sleepy. Here’s to a normal sleep cycle for this perceptual night owl. Sleep is calling, and for once, I’m listening…