Planning for the PCT, I was expecting the desert to be hot dry and with some rain. Today it rained from 9am to 4pm, with a high of only 55 degrees. The weather forecast for tonight is rain and snow with a wind chill of 24 degrees.
I began my day around 5:30 am. I was the first person to head out of camp. I passed some workers replacing power lines. It was super cool as they had a helicopter flying in supplies over from the staging area.
After watching them for a while, it started to rain and I kept hiking. There was not much else to do but keep going. The challenge is once you stop, you get really cold, really fast. I did stop twice today once for lunch and once to dig a cat hole.
I ended the day in a town called Laguna where I debated going on, but instead got a hamburger and tried to warm up. There, I ran into John and a few other hikers that I saw throughout the day. John and I decided to split a campsite at the state park. We set up our tents and hit the sack early as much more rain is expected over night.
Today was a challenging day due to the rain, the cold temperatures, and the strong winds. As long as I can stay somewhat dry I will be okay.