Saturday, May 23, 2015
Tehachapi to Walker Pass
One thing the trail will do for you is to get you to think. I wondered about so many things, from sluices, to rock formations, to the tenacity of life, to God's purpose for me and for his creation. Sometimes I feel satisfied with the conclusions I reach, while other times the result is only more questions. But it is good, and in some ways the most rewarding part of the trail to me. I enjoy the occasional encounters with others, especially when the going is hard. But I enjoy more the loneliness of hiking alone and being able to reflect.
There was a water cache at the bottom of this climb, along with a small bag of delicious oranges. I grabbed a little water and threw an orange into my pack for dessert that night: very good.
Right after this, a short side trail descended down to the Walker Pass campground where I flopped down and waited for Sue to pick me up. It had been a most unusual couple of days: In the past day and a half I had seen a grand total of 1 thru hiker, and that for just a few minutes. I believe it was the only time so far that I have been so alone. And I enjoyed that. Now on to Lake Isabella and half a day to do nothing but eat, resupply and rest.