We had quite the adventure yesterday as we drove Andy back up to Mt. Laguna so he could officially start the Pacific Crest Trail. Because he already logged 49 miles last weekend we went to the same spot I picked him up on Tuesday. Facts: There was 6 inches of snow on the ground, temperatures in low 30’s and wind was blowing (hard).
This is what happened in Michael’s words,
“We had a pretty crazy day with Andy. We got a late start, stopped for lunch in Encinitas for tacos, and did not get to his drop-off point on Mt. Laguna until almost 2:00 p.m. Weather was crazy. 6″- 8” of snow on the ground and still snowing lightly. Snow plows everywhere. Wind blowing really hard. But he wanted to continue his journey. I was really afraid for him walking into the “blizzard” but did not want to worry Betsy. He is travelling ultra-lite and his gear is really not designed for snow conditions like that. I told him if got too ugly to get out of the wind and stay dry. And if he ever wanted to turn around to hike back to the road and hitchhike back into town and spend the night in a hotel. Betsy and I got home at 5:45 p.m. and the phone was ringing. It was Andy calling from a cabin he had just rented. Four plus miles into the hike the wind picked up and he couldn’t hardly stand up. Feet were soaking wet. So he hiked back to the road and hitch-hiked for 30 minutes until finally a dad with four kids picked him up and dropped him off at Mt. Laguna’s General Store and post office. Praise Mother Nature, he is out of the weather and will be off again in the morning tomorrow when the weather should be fine.”