This morning, we took our time packing out. For some reason, it was FRIGID. Probably because of the dew but I froze all night and it was super hard to get out in the morning. We hiked out for two miles until we reached the 100 mile mark! It was this tiny 100 made out of rocks on the trail. We took a bunch of pics by it and then realized there was a better sign just a few steps later. Oops.
The rest of the hike was so nice and peaceful. Lots of open spaces, hills and grass. It was just the perfect amount of wind and sun. I think compared to yesterday, today was pretty awesome. We crossed the infamous Eagle Rock and took a small siesta there. We hadn't taken a break in nine miles so my feet were starting to get at me. I was noticing that my lower back has been feeling worse since it was starting to bruise so I adjusted my pack a little higher. It felt better on my back but my sciatica was worse. I think everyone by now has some type of injury or pain they deal with everyday. And each day a new pain will come up and over mask the previous one.
I walked right into Warner Springs. It's a tiny little town with not very much. But they have this resource center that everyone keeps talking about. I walked in and saw a bunch of cute old people painting pictures in a community room. The lady at the desk had us sign in and she told us what they provide for hikers: a cute little resupply shop, a bucket shower, laundry, a ride to the post office and burgers!!! Everyone was SO sweet, old and so very kind. We also had free camping on their lawn. Even though it was like tent city, it was so peaceful and calm.
As usual, when we get into town, there are a million things to do so you have to prioritize. We first went and set up our tents and the lady at the desk drove us to the tiny post office and I picked up my four day resupply. We headed back to the resource center and got buckets for a shower/laundry. I was completely confused on how to bathe with a bucket and pitcher. I walked around to the back of the building where they had stalls and filled my bucket with hot water. I used a bar of soap and some shampoo to clean myself. Every time a gust of wind came by, I had a million chills. Then I rinsed my laundry with some detergent in the same bucket I bathed with and hung it out to dry.
I headed back to the center to do technology things. I had some trouble with my Amazon package so I had to call them. Then I had to coordinate with some people who were shipping me some things. So much to do! It was finally dinner time and they announced dinner were ready. They served us burgers and homemade chicken noodle soup. It was SO good! I cannot remember the last time I ate one of those burgers. I went back to my tent to organize my food for the next few days and how much mileage. Nobody really looks ahead until the night before and it's gotta be one of the most annoying things that we have to do on trail. There was another trail angel hiker guy grilling some hot dogs and so I went and ate a second dinner. Hiker hunger has already sunk in for me. I went back inside the center to finish charging and scheduling some blogs. There were so many hikers inside the building playing on their phones or chatting. It seemed like a little homeless shelter but for hikers.
It was finally getting dark and I knew I needed to get to bed soon. We plan on staying until the store opens at eight to get some things. I love Warner Springs. I wish I could stay here another day.