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4/2/18
Miles – 16.97 (111.39)
Total miles – 69.74
The wind blew all night.  The tents rattled most of the night.  At some point it did calm down a bit, only to pick up toward dawn.  With the miles we have been doing we knew that we would get to our car this afternoon.  The only question was would there be time to drive to the Prius, then to the water cache, and get home before we were to tried to drive.  We packed camp and started up the trail.  There was one other hiker camped on this small shoulder.  He started hiking with us.  Over the next few miles we talked with him.  Has name is Up Hill Hike.  He just retired and is attempting his first long trail.  We all hiked into Barrel Springs.  No one needed water so we just stopped for a break.  Mama Raven checked out the tank the spring flows into and found soft drinks in the cold water.  We split two and took two for lunch.  Up Hill Hike went on while we took a break.  We are very familiar with the trail from here to our car.  This is one of our favorite day hiking areas.  We headed off into the open grassy plains in the toward San Ysidro Creek.  This is a big cattle ranch, but the only cows we saw were way down in the valleys below us.  We have not had a lot of rain this years so the grasses were just now beginning to grow.  Most of the plains were covered with the dried brown grass stalks from last year.  We stopped for a break under the sycamore trees growing over San Ysidro Creek.  We were here one and a half months ago and the creek was not flowing, but the resent rains have revived it.  Mama Raven soaked her hurting feet.  Her planters fasciitis has returned.  We will have to get it resolved before this summers hiking trip.  From the creek the trail climbs up out of the valley and crosses more plains to Eagle Rock.  This is where we were planning on having lunch.  As we approached we could see a group of 12 horsemen around the rock.  We hiked just past the rock to a different outcropping and stopped to eat.  After the housemen left we saw 8 or 9 hikers head off in both directions.  The kids climbed the rocks and we ate our last meal for this short trip.  Soon it was time to head on.  We hiked through more plains and up onto a chaparral covered ridge.  Crossing it we dropped down to Canada Verde Creek.  This creek runs all year, and we followed it all the way to Hwy 79.  Most Thru-hikers walk to the Community Center for a place to camp, food, and showers.  Warner Springs PO is just 1.2 miles north.  But this was not for us.  Our car was on the far side, so we headed around to the second crossing of Hwy 79.  Just before reaching our car we stopped at the deserted campground.  There are picnic tables here and it is covers with huge oak tress.  It is a very nice location.  On our 2015 PCT hike we camped here.  It took a few minutes to find a path to our truck but soon we were driving south.  First stop was the water cache at Scissors Crossing.  Bling and I retrieved the water and placed it with the large cache under the bridge.  Next we all drove back to Mt. Laguna and picked up the car.  An hour and forty-five minutes later we were at home.  All and all it was a good little trip and we enjoyed getting out.