Well, there's not much to report today. It was a sea of eating, shopping and sleeping.
Idyllwild has be amazingly pro-PCT and we received discounts and free stuff at nearly every place we went. The Idyllwild Inn has been awesome. The rooms are large and comfortable with wood burning fireplaces and the staff does your laundry for free!
Tomorrow we will hike out via the Deer Springs trail. Most hikers are going to the peak of San Jacinto via Devils Slide trail but we've been to the peak several times and are foregoing that side trip. According to Hikin' Jim, who is my go-to guy for Inland Empire trails, the Deer Springs trail is less mileage and gain to return to the PCT. That's all I needed to hear!
As for feet, we went and got a massage but the therapist was more of an energy worker than deep tissue, so we were left wanting, but she did give us a tennis ball to bring with us to roll out our muscles. We went to the outfitter and I picked up some Darn Tough socks, as I think my Injinis are aggravating my metatarsals and many hikers swear by them. I cut my gel inserts to only pad the toe and am going to try my blue superfeet again to see if that helps. I can't buy new shoes every town stop, but I know something needs to change. Don't worry, I am resourceful, I'll make it work!
Many people have dropped out of the hike and their decision confuses me. Quitting doesn't even register as an option to me unless I am physically broken. Honestly, and I know this makes me sound like a dick, I'm glad some of them are dropping out. If statistics translate to reality, everyone who drops out increases my chances for success. I know. That sucks to say. I feel terrible for those who've had injuries and family illness and I send all of my love to them. But the people who were so passionate about doing the trail and are now able to just quit or change course confuse me. But, I guess we all really do need to hike out own hike. On trail and off.
Right now, it's 9pm and I'm full. I just got out of the shower where I got to shave and even use conditioner! I'm cozy in bed and ready for sleep. Tomorrow we hike in the forest, which makes me happy and we get closer to the infamous Fuller Ridge section.
Until tomorrow! Goodnight!