In my tent, there were at least 3 snorers which made it hard to fall asleep. I eventually and hesitantly put in earplugs. Hesitant because I did not want to miss my 5am alarm. The morning schedule was nice. Wake up at 5, pack up. Breakfast at 5:30. Loading in the vehicles 5:55. Depart at 6.
We arrived at the trailhead shortly after 7:00 which then everyone waited their turn for a photo at the southern terminus. We also took a group photo, which I think will be emailed to me at some point.
After the photos and the goodbyes (to the trail angels) where complete, I walked down around a barbed wire fence to touch the Mexico boarder. From there the walk north began. 7:34am
I hiked with various people throughout the day, learning who is who and whatnot. I spent the majority of the afternoon by myself as everyone's pace is slightly different and as the day goes along, some hikers slow down. It was a gorgeous day and I enjoyed all of it. But man was my pack heavy. 6 liters of water which had to last me through mile 20, lake Morena.
The trail in this part of California is much more lush than anticipated. The desert is ahead! The area I am hiking through received quite a bit of rain in the past week, which may be why it is so green.
I reached Lake Moreno around 5:45. I was going to stop short, but I felt good enough to make it to the campground, so onward I went. Nothing too exciting happened in camp except the shower... It was $1 for the shower (towel not included / not available). I was a little chilled from the sweat and the luke warm shower didn't really help. But after drying off (as much as I could with a little hand towel) I felt better.