written Apr 25, 2017 @ 02:05 AM after hiking 20.10 miles
Day one was a 20-mile hike to the first town on the trail: Lake Morena. There's a hiker-friendly campground here, and I experienced my first Trail Magic, but more of that later.
On the way, I met up with an Israeli guy named Galy who hiked at my exact speed, so we banded together and just crushed the miles. Along the way, we passed a guy from Denmark, a German, and a couple that was also from Israel.
A previous hiker was there with a cooler of beers, soda, water, wine, cookies, hotdogs, and loads of other goodies -- Trail Magic!
After eating my fill and socializing well past my bedtime, it was time to crawl into my sleeping bag around 7:30 pm. Another 20-some miles tomorrow!