307.9- 328.1 , 20.2 PCT miles + 0.3 miles to picnic area! = 20.5 miles
Our plan: hike 20 miles to the Cleghorn picnic area at Silverwood Lake, where we heard rumors of trail magic, bathrooms, AND pizza delivery!!!!
We crossed by a dam, then crossed through a river (I left my shoes and socks on, hoping to rinse off after I possibly brushed a plant I didn’t realize was poison oak…damnit!)
We stopped for lunch at a water source, and just as Matthew wondered out loud if our friends got vortexed into the hot springs, they showed up! Tortilla, Arc, She-Wee, and Big Mama showed up first, then Soundtrack and his friend Speedberry!
Matthew realized that he wasn’t really married to his trail name, so he decided to go back to “Matt, formerly known as One Speed.” We spent some time brain storming new names, but nothing has stuck yet. When we realized we had been sitting for 2 hours, Matthew and I quickly packed back up and hit the trail.
We ended up more or less hiking with everyone for the last 10 miles to the campsite. On our way we happened upon these big fun toys, so played around a bit before carrying on.
The last three miles again took forever! The weather was changing- clouds were moving in and it was getting windy and chilly!
Finalllly, we made it to the site, where we found the end of trail magic- some sodas, watermelon, leftover burgers and dogs, and the promise from Fish Tank, the trail angel (a hiker from last year!), that he would return tomorrow am around 9 with muffins and treats! We ate some “appetizers” while I ordered us 4 pizzas, 24 beers, garlic bread, and cinnamon puffs!
Happiness is: celebrating She-Wee’s 23rd birthday in style: starting the day by hot springs, ending with trail magic, pizza, and beer!!