02 May Putting the Idle in Idyllwild
Yesterday afternoon we dropped a couple hundo in elevation to resupply in picturesque Idyllwild, CA.
It is a well deserved stop for these weary hikers. The days leading up had been hard and gorgeous ones. We witnessed the transformation from desert to mountain as we climbed from Hwy 74 Palms to Pines up towards the San Jacinto Mountains. The smell of pines and the crisp air at elevation were a welcome change. The rock faces jutting above us through green tree lines is something to behold in contrast to the viewable desert below.
We experienced our first bit of divine trail intervention or “trail magic” on this stretch. We stopped by trail angel Mike’s to refill with water. What unfolded was a veritable hiker paradise. At least a Chase Nelson paradise. Mike was cooking up three squares including pancakes, hot dogs, and chicken, ice cold pink lemonade, tubs of cold water for feet soaking, and to top it all off there was some rifle shooting in the back yard. We enjoyed 4 hours here before pushing on in the cooler afternoon. Magical.
The trail culture is growing on all of us as most people are assuming a trail name by this point. There’s Bird Man, Lalabi, Yardsale, Leftovers, Dinner Time, Archie, Laptop and plenty more hilarious handles.
I’ve got a couple handles being thrown around that I’ll share at a later date.
Headed out towards Big Bear today. Sometime in the next week I’ll be cruising in there for a dip in the lake.