So my aunt picked us up at 7am and drove us to the trail head in Campo, CA. Thankfully it was overcast so it made for nice hiking weather.
We took some pictures, signed the register and took off.
Here are our first steps on the trail
One foot in front of the other and we started walking.
The southern California area does have some hot dry spots but also some beautiful spots
I will so say though the shortest distance between two points is a straight line…..this trail is sooo not straight or even close to it.
We crossed a railroad track then a mile later got close to it then another mile later could see it again. It was beautiful but sometimes frustrating.
The first few miles weren’t too bad then the trail started climbing….
We ran into a few other hikers on the trail and they all had tiny packs while mom and i were toiling away with crazy heavy packs.
We stopped frequently and by mile 8 we were dead on our feet. Mom was a trooper and pulled through but by 8.6 miles we were done.
We found a semi-clear area and set up our tent. It was freezing!
We went from a very difficult day to a horrible night. We were camped on a slant, the tent collapsed and so much condensation formed we woke up to soaked sleeping bags.
By the end of the day we both knew we were in big trouble.