Sunset over Anza, California from a secret campsite.
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PCT Day 130, Cedar Spring to ridge above Anza, 18 miles

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Sunset over Anza, California from a secret campsite.

Sunset over Anza, California from a secret campsite.

How strange it is to cowgirl camp under the big trees, acorn bombs falling most of the night and a nearly full moon shining through the branches. When I close my eyes, I’m just in bed, then open them to see stars and hear some creature – a squirrel? – chattering loudly. I sip coffee (vanilla at the moment) with bars in bed before packing up, including four full water bottles, to head back up the steep, overgrown side trail back to the PCT.

Shadows rippling on the foothills above the desert.

Shadows rippling on the foothills above the desert.

Exposed rock in uplifted layers.

Exposed rock in uplifted layers.

Fields of dried flowers rustle against my pant legs.

Fields of dried flowers rustle against my pant legs.

Everything is prickly in the desert.

Everything is prickly in the desert.

The day's hike is uphill nearly the entire way to the last water source.

The day’s hike is easy and mostly downhill the entire way to the last water source.