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Day 5 – Rattlesnake at 73.1 mile Tentsite

Hiked 18.5 miles, at mile 74.5

It was 6 pm and I had hiked on farther than the others as they selected earlier tent sites. UIt was 6 pm and I had decided to stop at the next tent site. I was in real desert now with cactus and spiny things all around and I had quickly learned to be careful drivingre you layed things down. My sitting pad had already picked up some barbs which were soon transferred to my finger. So, best option was to stick to tent sites. This one at mile 73.1 seemed perfect. As It walked up made a check glance at the site. It was roomy and sheltered from the wind, but there was a rattlesnake also.

Yesterday I met 3 Cats,
Double Check, and Wolf Legs. They had finished lunch and were packing. Double Check said, “You get the Fritos?” Now, next day and I’m starting to think about Fritos. I’ve descended a great deal and now in desert. Something about the desert that makes you crave Fritos.

Now hearing about thru hikers that got off the trail, cashed it in, gave up the ghost. One was rescued off Mt San Jacinto when a slip on the ice caused an ankle injury. A brother of a person I was hiking with got off only 20 miles out. He had blisters. He had never really hiked before.

I figured out why the heat was bothering me so much. I had been drinking so much water, but not replacing electrolytes. The Frito craving gave me the clue. I thought a bit and recalled that I had an electrolyte powder for diarrhea in my med kit. I took a long break in the shade and ate salty tuna fish and drank my electrolyte and rested.

Morning photos at Oroflamme Canyon. Moon setting, Sunrise, and Camper Meditating.

Flowers and Cactii

The Trail