|Trail Angels Checking the water at Barrel Springs,|
8.5 miles to Warner Hot Springs
We began our day with a meal at the golf course restaurant (which was awful) followed by a sunshine soak in the Warner Hot Springs, recently filled with brand new hot spring water. We then changed and headed to Temecula, Chance's home town of the last five years. We had some shopping and grocery resupplies to obtain, and finished up the day with burgers at Madeline's - known for "the best burgers in California". Chance had fish and sweet potato fries, but Donna and Paul and I indulged in huge burgers and fries with Root Beers to drink. Oh yes, it was a tasty treat....
|Arrival at Warner Hot Springs|
Kit Carson Residence
|Donna does her Esther Williams imitation.|
Chance and Paul are backup water dancers.
|Burgers and Root Beers in Temecula!|
|The Candy man can....|
|A real old fashioned Candy story....|
|Paul makes his selection - I believe it was the home made toffee? Oh yes,|
dipped in chocolate and coated in nuts....OMG.
|Blythe and her new baby, Gemma.|
|Chance with Pietro and his lovely new daughter.|
|Amber and Luca play in the yard|
On our return, Chance and I put Eponashoes on Midnight's front feet. Chance drove his first horseshoe nails, and of course did a great job. Tomorrow at some point we'll change out Magic's fronts, and get those steel shoes off Clover's hind feet.
Clover is doing much better today, and moving more comfortable. We bought him a new wool saddle pad, and we're hoping that it will prevent any further saddle sores. Chance is planning to walk tomorrow, or perhaps we'll alternate hiking. Anyhow, the object is to give Clover another rest day because he was so sore after our 25 mile day.
|Fresh from Heaven...|
We have downloaded more weight again, and purchased some new and smaller dry bags for our groceries. We stocked up on herbal teas, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, onion, and fresh ginger. We are reloaded with oatmeal, nuts, and mulberries, and have plenty of food to last at least 2 weeks. I am so excited to hit the trail with less weight! Oh - I guess I already said that a few times....
We are going to take it easy on Clover for the next week, but should be moving along pretty well, pretty soon, and expect to make Idlewild by next week, Big Bear the week after, and not long after that, another hot springs at Deep Creek.