September 20, 2013
Hopewell Lake to Mogote Ridge
Another great weather day by the sun! Everything seemed to go right today. Even with getting a later start than yesterday the miles seemed to come easy, partially due to a loooong (but easy) road walk. I dropped down below 9,000' for the first time in a while and saw, as well as smelled, some ponderosa pines.
On the mental side of things, I am definitely starting to feel loneliness creep in. I spend a good portion of my day listening to music or books, and sometimes singing to myself. I also have a tendency to make things a challenge or race in this case. Not that Mexico is going anywhere (at least that in aware of), but I seem to be in a rush to get there.
This is going to sound crazy but I extended my rest breaks from 10 minutes every 2-2.5 hours to 20 minutes and it made a world of difference in my experience. I know 10 minutes doesn't sound like enough, and you are totally right. In fact I bet 20 minutes doesn't sound like all that much either, but it was very nice! This change came about due to a song I was listening to with the lyric, "the secret of life is enjoying the passing of time." This reminded me of what a lady named Mary said to me when in Warner Springs a mere 110 miles into the PCT, "if you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong." Right on, Mary. Right on. Sometimes I just need a little reminder.