The first day is done, and there is already so much to tell.
First it was a bit surreal to stand at the southern terminus. We looked, read,spoke about the pct for months and than suddenly you stand there ready to go.
It all looked a bit different as we expected to be. The terminal, but most of all the trail. It doesnt look that dry at all. It is filled with green bushes and the weirdest beautiful colorful flowers and animals. You don't know where to look really.
And than it happens that you walk on a snake. Of course, we are well prepared and know we should watch our steps. (The mantra in our heads sort of sounds like 'snake, poison oak, snake, poison oak'... ) So in the moment your partner thinks he is walking over a treetrank, you trustfully follow him, while you look around spotting the hugh eagle that just flew over. And than BAM; snake between the legs. And BAM we are warmed up.
But we learned from it, this ain't gonna happen with brother rattlely... At least snake wise. We watch our steps way more better and tried to also keep poison oak eyes up. But as we arrive at hauser creek, we got our second eye opener: we happily walked straight through a bush of nice sweet poison oak. So that's on the list too.
All good. The great thing up here is that we are walking with a bunch of other hikers who all go through the same (bushes) or give you dishwashsoap to clean off the mean oils.
You get a deeper respect for nature and that's exactly what we are looking for.. and good food of course ;)