May 28: After a great day in LA and a great concert, it was time to get back on the trail. Adam and I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant, hit the ATM, and did a resupply at a grocery store en route to Walker Pass. In all the curfufall of getting to LA, I had forgotten how long and windy the journey was. I had plenty of time to get all my food out of the packages and packed into my food bag, and repack the backpack as we snaked around an endless series of twists and turns. Poor Adam! That drive was a bit more than he had planned on. But hey, at least he got to see the scenic town of Lake Isabella on the way!
Back at Walker Pass, it wa hot and brutally sunny. I chose to hang out until the afternoon breeze kicked in and cold things off a bit. Happily, while I did so, I got to encounter my favorite thing: trail magic!
A former thru hiker had his Airstream parked near the trailhead and had sodas and peanut biter and banana sandwiches for hikers. I hung out in the shade and reconnected with Mowgli and Cardbord, who I hadn't seen since Wrightwood, and Starfish and Honeystick, who I met at Ziggy and the Bear's.
Around 3, I felt what I was waiting for: the afternoon breeze kicking up. I headed out a bit before the rest of the crew, hiking up and over the exposed ridge and then into the pine trees. Found a nice little campsite under a nice tree. It wasn't until I was setting up camp that I noticed my BIG MISTAKE!