Southern Terminus to Lake Morena, CA Well this was a tough hike for me. Before I started I had a goal of 20 miles, aka get to Lake Morena. I succeeded but by the hair of my chiny chin chin. I had many thoughts going through my head, positive and negative. I met so many great people. A ton of hikers from over seas; places like Australia, England, Spain, Germany all the way to Kentucky. And names like Jared and Rhino. People from all different walks of life are here.
If I didn’t think already that anybody can do this hike, I sure do now. Taylor and my mom let the tears flow as they sent me off on the biggest adventure of my life. I am truly lucky to have both of them support me in this journey. I kept picturing Taylor saying positive thoughts to me as I climbed up the steep hills that reminded me of going up Mt. Adams. Walking up and down allllll day in the scorching sun that covers the sandy southern desert of California. She isn’t with me but she sure helps me still. I swear the hills never end. Who said this was dessert anyways? Aren’t they supposed to be flat?
I took a nice siesta with a guy (who’s name I can’t remember) from Spain. He didn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish so that was a fun time trying to communicate. I basically just took nap and he soon followed suit. We both knew the language of “I’m tired and hot as shit”. I found him laying under the perfect shaded area so I quickly decided, oh yeah this is gonna be nice. I pretty much had a headache all day, probably just didn’t drink enough water. Who can in this shit?
Man, the toughest 20 miles I have ever hiked though. The only 20 miles I have ever hiked in one day. New record! Booyah! I didn’t think Lake Morena was ever gonna come. The last 5 miles in particular were the hardest. It was about 3pm when I had to go down into a canyon, then take a siesta at the river with a bunch of other hikers. It was 4 o’clock and a few others and myself decided to tackle the giant hill to go back up the canyon wall. I felt like I was gonna die. I didn’t, obviously.
I think a I am feeling a nero day (half day) tomorrow, to rest my feet. I’m hiking in some barefoot shoes called Lems, so my feet are feeling every rock that comes into the path. I rolled in just after sunset while trail angels greeted us hikers as we came into Lake Morena with warm welcomings and FOOD! A guy, trail named “Who’s Your Daddy”, was giving directions on where things were and where to set up camp as well as shakedowns. A Shakedown is getting rid of unnecessary shit from your bag to make your hike more enjoyable.
Overall, it was a pretty successful day, I met great people and made my goal!