Sleeping out was cool. The moon was only at half strength but it was really bright and even after it went below the horizon I could see things well enough to move around. Not that I did, I was tucked up and cozy in my sleeping bag. I got going at 6 and stopped as soon as I could to get rid of the thermals. It was another hot day and I got through a lot of water. Coming over the ridge and looking down into Hoover Canyon I could see green grass for the first time in a while. I’ve been in that horrible dry-brown stuff for too long but today it came back to life, I saw camp sites, picnic areas, places that people would actually want to go. It was another couple of hours before I reached it, passing Rachel and her sore feet on the way. At Barrel Springs I found a little encampment enjoying the shade and fresh water. I also found a bottle and chocolate bar from Steve, the trail angel I met at Scissors Crossing. A few hours in the shade there and then I set off across the undulating meadows and ridges, passing Eagle Rock (which looks so much like an eagle it’s amazing it’s natural) and into Canada Verde.
Lush green grass, thick shade. It would make a great camping spot. From there you pop out on to the highway 1.2 miles from Warner Springs Thermal Resort. Davy was camped just outside of ‘town’ and spotted my pack coming over the hill. I managed to get into the resort to have dinner and met up with a lot of people from the trail who convinced me to try the pool too. 110 miles of grime washed away and I soaked for an hour before returning to camp outside. I could have crashed in one of their rooms but it didn’t seem fair with Davy alone in the field outside and me not paying to be in the resort.
Location: near Warner Springs Resort
More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Campo to WarnerDistance today: 18.4 miles. Total distance: 108.6 miles