I had to haul myself 23 miles and up 3,000 feet today to reach an enticing goal: a room at the Mount Laguna Lodge, where I’m spending tonight in style with my dad – a bed, bath, and burger for dinner! Most days, I’ll be sleeping in my tiny tent by the trail, but a few towns offer more deluxe amenities along the way, so best to take advantage when possible.
This gives me a chance to clean up and take stock after my first two days (43 miles). I’m a little raw around the edges – sore, chafed, and sunburned – but nothing of real concern yet. Still haven’t run into another hiker going all the way, though I did pass a five-man fire engine crew today, complete with yellow hard hats! Most thru-hikers started almost three weeks ago, so I’ve got some catching up to do… Meanwhile, looking forward to sunny weather the rest of this week.