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girls backpacking trip! big sur

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“Hey, do you want to go backpacking for a few days next week? School doesn’t start until the week after and I really want to get a trip in before hand” my friend Leann asked me as we were hanging out on a neighbors boat. What a coincidence! I had been avoiding boat work for about a week and wasn’t really sure what to do with myself. We hiked 30+ miles in three days, and the next week we went back to Big Sur to hike 20 more (and were four ladies instead of two).

It’s a 3.5 hour drive to Big Sur and we were trying to get to Sykes Springs. During the storms late last year there were a couple of rock slides, so the trail is only open on the back end (i.e.: an extra hour of driving time in the backwoods). We got to China Camp (in Los Padres National Forest, not San Rafael) at 10:30 pm I believe. We parked and went in search of the hiking trail, headlamps and all. Well, we got a little turned off when we found the trail and it had a sign saying the trail was impassable at a certain point. A couple of us weren’t comfortable proceeding, so we set up camp and slept at China Camp for the night. In the morning we felt more comfortable and set off for a long arse hike.

We only made it 10 miles to the Redwood Campsite, but it was a really long trek just to get there. I guess I’m just so used to doing things on my own, I have a hard time going at other people’s pace if they’re vastly different from mine. I’m a fast walker, so I tend to be a fast hiker. Leann and I are at the same pace, but as a group it was tough to stick together. We weren’t able to make it to the springs, which was a bummer, but it was still drop dead gorgeous and a great hike! Also, the ban on campfires was lifted so that was really nice warming up by the fire at night.

The only other thing I would have changed is bringing a tick key with us. When I’d gone to Big Sur the first time, the dogs picked up fleas like nobodies business. This time, little Miss Z had ticks all. over. her. Bear stayed with his Uncle (dog sitter), he’s having hip issues 🙁

Z did the 20 mile hike like it was nothing, and I’m beginning to think hiking might be her “thing”. Bear is a lover, Zita is a hiker. She and her boyfriend for the weekend, Jack (J-Z as I called them) had a lot of fun staying right at my heels almost the entire time. Who could get closest? Oops, just ran into her heel. Too close. Wait, gotta get clooosseerrrwhack.

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11 pm finish time. 50 miles hiked in a weeks’ time. My knee and hip still hurt. Getting old sucks.

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