We woke up this morning after a long windy night, camped amidst lots of fellow hikers at Cibbets Flats campground. We were the last to go to bed at 9 pm! Apparently 9 pm is what they call hiker midnight. The wind started howling at 12:30am and woke us up with a light dusting of dirt. The gusts were probably in excess of 30 mph at times. It was a pretty rough night and I was a little scared of the wind, but we stayed warm comfortable, so it wasn’t so bad in the end.
We crossed our first natural water source around noon, and it was glorious to get our heads wet and cool down with the frigid stream water. Around mile 7 the terrain started to change as we climed into Mt. Laguna (which is 6,000 feet or so high). It went from hilly chaparral to pine trees! The smell as we walked through the trees was amazing. It makes me nostalgic for my childhood days camping. Also a change of scenery always keeps things interesting.
We are currently camped at a campground in Mt Laguna, which is a cute little resort town. We walked to the general store, picked up some ice cream sandwiches and Cheetos and ate them in the sun. After a warm shower for a dollar we are nice and cozy and clean in our tent. My fingers are so cold typing on my phone, so I’m gonna say goodnight!