Friday night Brendan and I headed out for a small overnight hike and it was pretty awesome.It was a different thing, physically, to do a 15 mile hike (it’s been a long time for me) instead of a ride. Today, I’m a bit sore, but the views were worth it.
We started out after work Friday and rushed up Devil’s Slide trail from Idyllwild. We turned left at the saddle junction towards skunk cabbage meadow and cruised on out past Willow Creek. We set up bivvys, enjoyed pasta on a cool rock under the stars and crashed out pretty good. Camping at 8,000 feet, we both agreed, gives you vivid dreams. Brendan dreamed of running (he’s getting into it) and I dreamed that a Mountain Lion was attacking me (which kept me awake a bit of the night!)
Camp was a bit cold for our 40degree bags. Brendan’s Bivvy isn’t long enough to cover his head, so I think he lost a lot of heat out the top. My sleeping pad is a 3/4 length, so my legs got a little chilly. Overall, it wasn’t bad though. We had a huge moon, which eventually went down and was replaced with a sky full of stars. It felt a world away from civilization (we didn’t see a single person on our way out) even though it was only a few miles.
I only stuck my feet in the water as it’s pretty cold, but Brendan jumped in. It was nice just hanging out on the rocks and relaxing.
Then, in early afternoon, after enjoying pizza by the pool (another tasty leftover that Brendan packed along) we headed back home. It was crazy getting close to Idyllwild because traffic on a Saturday afternoon is pretty hectic on Devil’s slide. There were groups of kids in flipflops (I know this will make me sound old – they were college kids) no shirts, no water and trashtalking the hikers with trekking poles about how they didn’t see any snow around here. Ahhh… coming back to civilization, it’s great. Then when we walked through the parking lot, there had to be 60 cars; I’ve never seen it so full.
It was good to get home, but sad to leave our little oasis we’d found. It was also nice that we still had a day and half left to shred!