April 26: I hav e been simply amazed at how quickly the terrain changes on the PCT as the elevation goes up on down. Coming out of Lake Moreno, in a pleasant 16 mile hike, I went from desert landscape
To shrubby chapparal and sage brush (causing everyone's nose to run and eyes to tear)
Climbing up in elevation to greener landscape above the low lying clouds
And into the sun
When I finally arrived at Mt Laguna at 6000 feet, I was in a pine Forrest
I ended up sharing cabin space with a few people I ate dinner with at the Pine House Tavern. The night before, there had been a rainstorm. Tucked into the Boulder Oaks Campground 3000 feet below, I had been cozy in my tent. Up at Laguna Mountain, the wind had blown tents down, and the rain came in sideways like Forrest Gump rain. (Or AT rain) everyone scrambled for shelter- and with the lodge's 2 night minimum policy, people were scrambling around this night to fill empty beds in the cabins. So I spent the night with Minnotaur Wolf, Spike, and Flanders.
Snuck out early the next morning under the shade if the trees and the watchful eye of the observatory