The first few miles of the day were the most painful thus far. My hike had been practically pain free but my right pinky toe ached with every step.
I was definitely still in the desert, with views of the seemingly barren landscape that stretched as far as the eye could see.
Thankfully there were clouds in the sky that provided intermediate relief from the scorching sun.
I saw many lizards, who seemed to be enjoying the sunshine more than the hikers.
I found my way down to Joshua Tree Spring, a favorite PCT hiker water source with questionable contents.
I felt a slight warming sensation as I drank the cool water but it was quite refreshing none the less. We discussed what superpowers we'd hoped to aquire through the uranium enriched water and I'd hoped to develop the ability to teleport.
At the next water source we checked our time pieces and and mine was a minute behind everyone else's, which could mean only one thing. The uranium enriched water gave me the ability to time travel. Not teleportation, but not bad! I pondered how many liters it would take to go back to 1955 and concluded that doc had it right with using plutonium to fuel his delorian.
I hiked into the late evening after enjoying the setting sun with Speakerbox.
At around 10:30, a pair of glowing eyes met me on the trail.
We spent about 15 minutes dancing around, trying to get a good look at each other.
I decided to hike down the trail and could feel its presence with me. I turned around and it cautiously approached.
It got within 5 feet of me and posed for a picture before racing ahead to leap frog me and wait for me to catch up.
We shared about 30 minutes together, curious about the secrets the other quietly held.
it was a mystical way to conclude my last full day in the desert.