Today was insane, and last night was insane. We finally decided to get out of the tent around 6am when it got brighter out. I had to go potty real bad and didn't want to go out into the wind storm in the dark. We finally packed up our things in the heavy wind and started walking. The sunrise was probably the best one I've seen since I've been out. We were on ridge walks all morning with 50 mph wind gusts. It was freezing and I felt my skin getting windburn.
For some reason, we didn't see a single person for so long. There were no footprints except for a mountain lion's. It was kind of creepy but we didn't see one. The rest of the day consisted of ridge walks and heavy winds. There was debris blowing into my face and eyes and my backpack strap whipping me in the face. Whenever we rounded a corner, we would almost get blown off the side of the cliff. It was so intense, I cannot even explain. I've never been exposed to that much wind before in my life. We all got pretty annoyed after awhile. We took a good siesta at the water cache since neither of us really slept well the night before.
After a good hour or so, we hiked off again. We weren't sure how long we would go for but we all knew we wanted to not camp in the wind again and to get off the mountain ASAP. We ran into Kristen and ended up waking all the way to mile 98, hoping there was a good space away from the intense wind. We were able to find a small but tight spot to fit all three of our tents. We were all completely exhausted. I felt like I was never going to escape that wind. I wanted to set up somewhere calm because I needed to fix my tent. The guylines were fraying because the rocks were rubbing on them from the other windy night. I just knew my tent wouldn't last another high wind night. Our site was still windy but not nearly as intense as last night, so we were all happy.
I got into my tent and wanted candy so bad so I pulled out some jelly beans from tomorrow's food bag and ate them. So far, jelly beans have been my favorite candy on trail. We each crawled into our tents and decided we will have a chill day tomorrow, which means 11 miles into Warner Springs. I don't want to wake up early and night hike. We will wake naturally and not rush getting up, we all agreed. 2 more miles until the 100 mark. Can't wait.