The beginning (Posted 30 April 2012, 10:09pm)
32.8585, -116.4166

I woke up yesterday feeling like I had been beaten with a stick. It was much the same this morning. The start of this walk has been hard!

We were dropped off at the start of the the trail by Marcus' uncle Johnny and his girlfriend on Saturday 28 April. There is a huge solid metal fence along the border so there was no chance of a hanging a token toe into Mexico. We walked the first mile of the trail into Campo where our priority was posting our 'bounce box' with resupply items ahead of us to Warner Springs. Free of the cardboard box we brought more water at the trading post and then headed out.

The has been very little shade and almost no clouds in the sky. I have been stuggling with the heat but I will no doubt adjust in time. It seems to get into the high 30s (celcius) between 11am and 3pm. It is a very inhositible environment and thoughts of families trying to cross the border on foot have been in my mind. We saw various signs of immigrants - a tarp, rope, a editable plants book, discarded clothing - and helecopers flying overhead near the border.

The views have been stunning and we have been taking lots of photos. We saw our first rattle snake yesterday - close to the trail. Thankfully another hiker stopped to warn us about it. We skirted around it. It was apparently medium sized but it looked plenty big enough to me! We left a note for hikers after us. The other main hazard is Poison Oak which is prominent but so far avoided and at least not deadily!

The camping has been great. We wild camped by a river last night where we were able to swim and cook by the river. The frogs have been loud and night. There are frequent noises in the bushes but these are mostly caused by various types of lizzards rather than snakes.

Three blisters and sore shoulders are the current complaints but they are far outweighed by the regular delights and the overwheming feeling of being alive in the fullest sense.


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