Another nice day today. We hiked through gorgeous scenery for the most of the day, and only got rained on a little bit (we almost almost assuredly setting some sort of record for most days of rain on a PCT thru hike).
We passed a road (Highway 4) in the middle of nowhere, which is always strange to us. Seeing immaculate blacktop in the middle of an otherwise undisturbed piece of woods is a disjointing experience. Anyway, right off the road we say a sign informing us that we are entering bear country, as if the bears aren’t allowed in any of the identical wilderness that we just walked through, and can only live on this side of the road. I’m sure all the bears are cool with that…
Suffice it to say, we’ve been in bear country almost 400 miles now. We’ve only seen one though, way back by mile 700. Maybe we’ll see another soon. Who knows?
Anyway, the main memorable thing about today is that we had to stock up on water at this perfect looking little mountain stream so that we could dry camp tonight. The water looked fabulous and we didn’t even bother tasting it before we filtered something like 6 liters. To our dismay though, the water tastes terrible. Like a slightly less awful version of the Kern River (aka Cow Pie Creek). The water tasted like a cow pie, even though there is no way a cow could have gotten up the cliff where it came from to contaminate it. We have no I idea why it tasted this way. Maybe some mineral in the rock it was flowing over?
Anyway, by the time we made it to camp, I was feeling really ill. All I could do was lay in the tent and try not to move for fear of needing to immediately vomit. Luckily, it gradually passed after several hours of lying there, and I never did throw up. Still it was not very fun. There is almost no way it was the water, even though that’s an easy scape goat. If the water was bad it would take days or weeks to manifest itself in a frank illness. It was probably something I ate, but we will never know.
One thing is for sure: feeling ill on the trail is an extremely unpleasant experience. Let’s hope neither of us gets sick again on the trail! Not fun!