I guess I slept last night: I kept looking at my watch and seeing time had advanced, but with no memory of falling asleep or waking up, and I was wide awake each time I looked at it. I got out of my tent and on the trail before 8, with just a quick bar for breakfast. There was town food nearby.

It was only a few miles to the town of Mount Laguna and I made good time there on fresh feet. The Pine Creek Tavern was open already so I sat down with some other hikers for second breakfast. I had arrived earlier than planned so I still had over an hour before they started serving lunch once I was finished. I headed farther into town to wash socks and refill water at the visitor center in the meantime, then it was right back to the tavern for another meal.

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There’s no camping allowed on the trail for the next ten miles or so after town so I committed to going at least that far before ending the day. It was mostly very exposed with great views: I’ve now made it over 6000′ in elevation.

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My water sources today were all spigots, and I am camped with a bunch of other hikers at the Pioneer Mail Picnic Area. It seems a little breezy but still relatively warm.

I hiked 15.4 miles for the day and my feet started swelling for the last half of it. I have them raised now so hopefully they’ll be good in the morning.

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