The Pacific Crest trail begins next to the US-Mexico border, a few strides and you could touch the barrier.
The country is mountainous desert here: low-lying spiny bushes, dry grasses and a variety of cacti. More cacti than I knew there were, and each with a distinct flower.
The towering white ones stand over the other vegetation like strange sentinels. The trail is awash with blossom, actually, after a wet winter and spring.
The birdlife too is surprisingly varied and colourful. I’ve had hummingbirds buzz down to drink dew from my tent twice already.
I’ve been hiking with a small knee injury, which has required me to go a little more slowly and allowed me time to take it all in.
While I treat my malady in these beautiful surroundings, people in Zimbabwe are in dire need of medical treatment and other care.
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