Mile reached: 298.5 (+20.1)
High: The weather was beautiful and cool in what could otherwise be a hot and exposed stretch.
Low: Going to sleep knowing that our group is going to fragment due to different natural paces
People cowboy camping at our site: 7
A wind advisory had been issued for the night; however, it turned out to be very calm. Despite the cold everyone slept very well, and we got a slow start in the morning. I was the last to leave camp, though I caught almost everyone quickly.
The group fragmented in the morning, and “Tall Boy” was the last one I caught. Though, he and I decided to almost immediately take a break and wait for the others to catch up. After a while they did, but ironically they decided to stop 300 ft short of our position at a picnic bench. We shouted at them to no avail and eventually “Tall Boy” walked over.
The rest of the day consisted of us dropping down from the forests into the canyons on the backside of the range. Gradually, desert vegetation replaced the pines. However, unlike there previous desert stretches the rivers draining though these canyons were substantial.
We took a long lunch near a crossing in the river. Conversation drifted from serious topics such as what food each of us was carrying to trivialities such as what each of us was going to do after the trail. The consensus seemed to be that most of us would not go hiking for at least a week upon finishing.
We ended the day were the PCT reaches Deep Creek. It was a beautiful setting with large beaches and lots of water. We also appreciated that the evening temperature was much warmer than the previous night. In the end, everyone decided to try cowboy camping (sleeping on the ground without a tent) and we were liked to sleep by the crickets and frogs.