We're still hangin' with Scott and Jason. The boys have been fine company and have been keeping us motivated and smiling. Together, we've enjoying (and working VERY hard) with some longer days and longer mileage than we expected early in this trip. Jason is blogging - http://jasonreamy.blogspot.com/
It's all good! Epic scenery, fun company and some Racoon Shenanigans have been the highlights of this section. From desert to Mountain to desert to Mountain has been the theme as well with huge elevation changes. Keith has been a superstar and has been having a good time (did I mention working hard?!?) and is sleeping like a baby while I toss and turn all night while we "cowboy camp" and sleep on our tarp under the stars.
The desert is Astounding.
This section of trail has been particularly astounding because of it's diversity. We went from 9,000 feet on Mount San Jacinto, to the Palm Desert at 1,000 feet. Then we regained all of the elevation to Mount San Gorgonio at 8,000 feet. Note: the desert is NOT flat. But it is sooooo Amazing. The descent down to the Palm Desert was hard, hard work (12 miles of descending) to the bottom of the desert floor where it was 100F. Wow.
A little perspective. Keith and Mount San Jacinto.
We saw the Sunrise.
And the sunset!!
And then there was fragrant high alpine forests with amazing trees!
There are some crazy things growing in these mountains.
We are enjoying a well earned day off, feet up and relaxin'. I've been to Big Bear 3 times in my life, and love this town. Real people.
Next up: 3 days to Cajon pass. We're feeling rested and ready. It's a whole new hike for me: the scenery feels and looks completely different, there are people and socializing on the trail (shocking for someone who spent 104 days hiking by herself) and we're loving it.