Around lunchtime I ordered some food from The Lumber Mill, the closest restaurant to my cabin.

Days 28 to 32 - Idyllwild

  •  5/29/2018
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Days 28 to 32 – Idyllwild 179.4 to 179.4 (0 Miles Hiked) The next morning, I awoke, made coffee and sat to work.    I walked down the hill to The Lumbermill to pick up my take-out.  As I walked through the door, I spotted some intense waving and beckoning from a couple deep inside the dining room.  It appeared to be Scoop, plus a highly animated woman who I did not recognize.  “Odd.”, I thought, “that this woman is waving at me so much.  I have no idea who she is.” I politely smiled and ...
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:( - I have left the trail

  •  5/21/2018
  •   Williams, DJ
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Hello Friends and Family! If youre wondering what happened to me, I left the trail.  All is well, there were no major problems, but it was becoming quite clear that I wasnt going to finish and that I wasnt gaining stamina as quickly as Id hoped.   The hike from Cabazon to Big Bear was a significant wake-up call, especially as I studied ... what-next. This wasnt a decision I made lightly.  I had every intention of writing about what lead up to the decision, but once I returned to Mexico, life t...
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The Sugar Pine Cabin.

Day 27 - Shortcut to Idyllwild

  •  5/11/2018
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A Brief Message: Before I dig into the meat of this post, I want to apologize for the delay in posts.  I’m getting a lot of feedback suggesting the posts are a fun read … and that I should get crackin’!  Plus, people are curious and concerned.  It’s understandable.  Thanks for that! When I’m on the trail, it’s difficult to communicate.  I’m limited to short 160-character messages, via a satellite device, to another person (usually my father).  I can’t post directly to the blog from the trail,...
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Update - In Big Bear, All is Good

  •  5/8/2018
  •   Williams, DJ
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Hi All!  I'm in Big Bear.  I need to catch up on a little work, but will hopefully start blogging tomorrow and catch y'all up.  All is well.  More, soon!...
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A mural some past hiker must have painted.

Day 26 - Mike’s Place!

  •  5/2/2018
  •   ken
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Day 26 - Mike's Place! Mile 115.4 to 127.3 (11.9 miles hiked) I had set the alarm for 4:00am, but warned Sits that I'm a persistant snoozer and that I'd likely roll out of bed around 4:30am. He snipped at me like that was idiocracy and stated that 4:00am was 4:00am. Then, I asked him, 'Is it?' Around 4:30am I started to organize myself and my tent innards. This means getting as much of my pack and day organized as was possible, without ever leaving the warm comfort of my sleeping quilt. This...
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Warner Springs Loves Hikers!

Day 25 – Warner Springs Loves Hikers.

  •  4/30/2018
  •   ken
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Day 25 - Warner Springs Loves Hikers Mile 109.5 to 115.4 (5.9 miles hiked) I woke up early so that I could head to the post office and grab my food. Because I'd mailed some forward in Julian, I was actually running a bit low and wasn't sure I'd make it to Idyllwild with what I had. I needed my resupply. I popped over to the Post Office, then met Sits at the Golf Grille for breakfast. As much as I really loved the Warner Springs Resort and felt that it was actually a special surprise, the Chic...
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Comments

leiendecker 5/29/2018
SUBJECT: Re: Days 28 to 32 - Idyllwild Hi DJ, This blog, which was a random email receipt for me, appearing after you were already off the trail, is an amazing piece of writing. It reads like a novelette, and your observations are very interesting. Your style makes the blog interesting. Your Dad wrote with the same style in his blogs, which he turned into books. Your blog has an additional component...written by a starving artist, I think might summarize the feeling. I urge you to publish the entire trip as a book about walking that Trail. Stopping after two hundred miles is a great result, but the lessons you can provide others through your descriptive and inventive prose could make a significant contribution to the hiking literature. In your cook book, you have already demonstrated great skill, and now this. Many people dream of writing a novel, but really have nothing to say. You, on the other hand, have the talent to say lots of things about lots of things. I urge you to continue writing. You have real talent. Gil Leiendecker Sent from my iPad On May 29, 2018, at 5:15 PM, DJ Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail (slowly) > wrote:
Carol Hubbard 5/8/2018
Wow!  Can't wait for the blogging to start again.
Grandma Sandra 4/30/2018

You are doing great DJ, so proud of all you have accomplished.

 

Hugs, Grandma

Carol Hubbard 4/19/2018
It feels so cool to know someone who had the spirit to dream this walk, the foresight to plan it, and the courage to do it.  
Carol Hubbard 4/18/2018
D.J., keep up the good work.  Hope the knee survives and lets you continue.  Good Luck.