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Mother Nature, you tease.

TSheezy and I decided to do Skyline to the Sea last weekend (June 21-22). It’s one of the most beautiful trails in the area and it’s long, but it’s mostly flat and downhill so it’s doable. The general itinerary is over three days, but we decided to do it in two because of work.

I’m sure she’s going to write an epic blog post with really detailed information and photos and it’s going to be all grammatically correct and etc but in the meantime, here’s the hike from my perspective:

A Recap of Modern Day Hiking Events

Day 1 (Castle Rock -> Lane Campsite, 19 miles)

05:10 Alarm is going off. Texting TSheezy. Shower. Make coffee. Make eggs. Where the hell is TSheezy we were supposed to leave at 5:30 I WANT TO BE HIKING I’M SO EXCITED!!!

06:00 TSheezy shows up but forgot socks. Turns out I forgot socks too. Drive back to her place and grab socks for everyone! Yay socks!

07:15 No parking at Saratoga Gap. Drat. Drive to Castle Rock. What an extra 3.1 miles on top of the 17 we were already planning on hiking?

07:30 Meet some bros. Laugh at bros. Hit the trail! “Everything is else really light in the grand scheme of WATER”

08:00 Oops we only brought one almost empty bottle of bug spray. The other one is on the floor of my house. Ah…

09:00 It’s so nice out! What a lovely day for a joyous saunter through the woods!

(All photos shamelessly stolen from TSheezy. #ImNotSorry)

09:30 So glad we got socks. It’s cushioning the bumping from my ankle boot into my SUS ankle plate and screws (somewhat)!


11:30 (Mile 9.5) Hit Waterman Gap Trail Camp. Refill water. Eat a ton of beef jerky. Why is beef jerky so goooooood?? Dried mangos also good. More on this later. THuski elevates legs, part 1.

12:00 Onwards and downwards!

12:45 TSheezy tries to use Instagram because she’s amazed there is reception. I’m amazed that we’re in the beautiful wilderness and she’s thinking of Instagram. TSheezy returns to the task at hand of why she pulled out the phone in the first place to give MelMel a quick status update of where we arm and confirmed that we will still require pickup from Waddell Beach on Sunday. Eat more beef jerky.

13:45 Knee is killing me. Apply knee brace for extra support. Trail mix for the win. Did we just walk in a circle? We just walked in a circle. Around the road. Well I guess the fastest way from Point A to Point B is most definitely a series of circles. Yes.

14:30 WHY IS THERE A PEACOCK IN THE TRAIL. Are people allowed to have pet peacocks? Oh wait where is it going oh it’s crossing the street… what a brave and adventurous peacock! TSheezy you saw that too right I’m not hallucinating right?? Right?


16:30 Hollow Tree Trail! 1.58more miles to the campsite.. wait… what… why does this sign marker say 3.2 miles? WELL THERE’S NO WAY THAT’S RIGHT COMPARED TO THE INTERNET (note that Lane is about a 6 mile detour from the Skyline to the Sea trial but the preferred campsite, Jay, only allows people who had camped at another site the night before)

17:00 Where is the campsite

17:15 Where is the campsite

17:30 Seriously WTF where is the campsite

17:35 Oh my god my knee is killing me where is the campsite. A family passes by while I’m sitting on a log repositioning my knee brace.

Kid with Bieber hair: Was that your friend up ahead?
Me: Yeah! How long ago did you pass her?
Kid: Yeah… she’s really really far ahead.


17:45 *At every turn* “I really hope I turn the corner and the campsite is there…. NOPE JUST CHUCK TESTA”

18:00 Stupid leaves on the trail because nobody takes this trial. Stupid Internet map. Stupid backpack. Stupid broken joints. WHERE ARE YOU CAMPSITEEEEEEEEE??

18:05 Don’t mind me, just hiking along and yelling “SGOTTTTTT” every 5 minutes trying to get my friends’ attention (to no avail because she is very far ahead of me because she has strong not-broken knees and not-broken ankles of non-sadness)


18:15 Contemplate setting up camp in this very nice looking grove of trees. “SGOTTTTT!!!!”

18:20 Pass a nice couple walking in the opposite direction

Me: Hello! Did you happen to pass the turnoff for Lane Campground?
Them: Yeah! It’s about 200 yards ahead!

YES!!!!!!! Glory! Hope! Happiness! I am filled with new energy.

18:25 Where is the campsite. This is more than 200 yards. Does that couple know what yards are? Do I know what yards are?

18:28 All is lost.

18:30 (Mile 19) I FOUND THE CAMPSITE! And TSheezy! *Collapse on tarp*

18:35 Hour 13. The mosquito situation is becoming dire. We have discovered that due to some hilarious miscommunication we only brought one bug net. For… a hammock. Only big enough for two people if they cuddle. TSheezy has no intention of cuddling with me. Am too tired to be sad.

Take stock of the water situation (no water at Lane). Cook dinner. Instant couscous and instant mashed potatoes have never tasted so delicious!!!! Tie things to trees so the bears can’t get them. Let me rephrase – tie things to trees so the SHORT bears can’t get them. If Mama bear wanted that food she would house that food.

19:30 Elevate. Pass out on tarp while clutching dried mango and with legs 90 degrees up in the air.

20:30 Sunset. Not that we were awake for it or anything

Day 2 (Lane Campground -> Waddell Beach, 16 miles?)

06:30 Alarm goes off. “Sgot wake up.” “Unnnhhhhhhhh”

07:30 “Sgot it’s 7:30 we should get up.” “Unnnhhhhh”

07:40 Limp over to bear-food-rope-tree contraption. Retrieve food. Make oatmeal. Stoves are cooooooool

08:00 Pack. Put on knee brace and ankle brace. Apply more bug spray. The nozzle barely sprays anymore we are so low on bug spray. I guess I’ll wear long pants today.

10:00 Arrive at Big Basin HQ. Drink about 4 liters of water each. Refill all bottles. Rest. Elevate. Make instant coffee directly in my water bottle. I now have ALLLL the energy for limping down the mountain really fast!

10:45 Onwards.

12:45 Arrive at Berry Creek Falls. Elevate. Eat more beef jerky. And chocolate. And bars.

13:15 Continue.

13:30 FINAL 6 MILE FLAT STRETCH!! Should be easy right?

14:30 Tired.

15:30 When can we see the beach? MOTHER NATURE YOU’RE SUCH A TEASE

16:30 Right foot. Left foot. Right foot. Left foot.

17:00 One and a half more miles. Come on Tiffany you can do it. You can do it. You can do it.

17:05 We’re out of beef jerky.

17:10 Dried cranberries just aren’t as good as beef jerky.

17:30 Wait seriously why can’t I see the beach yet?????

17:45 Arrive at Waddell Beach. Crawl across the highway and collapse on the beach. Zone out on the ground next to our packs while TSheezy tries to get reception on her phone to call Melissa.


17:50 There is no reception

17:55 Still no reception

18:00 Briefly discuss walking a mile away where other people got reception.

18:10 Start talking to a nice guy who ends up giving us a ride back into Santa Cruz (thanks random dude!!)

18:35 Arrive at TSheezy’s friend house and collapse on his floor while we want for MelMel.


21:00 Back to Castle rock, pick up car, go home, throw things on floor, shower, pass out.\