Day 37

I ditched my keyboard in Big Bear to further lighten my load and haven’t gotten around to typing since. I’m sitting at the Acton KOA campground at the moment; about 450 miles in. I spent the first month taking things slow. I averaged 10 miles per day. Since leaving Big Bear Lake, I’ve ramped up

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The First Ten Days

Instead of boring you with the details of my tenth day on the trail, I thought I might share some thoughts from my first ten days on the trail. Gear: Everything I brought is performing well. The pack is chafing my left hip, but it’s nothing to write home about. The sleeping bag is warm,

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Julian

With seven miles to go until reaching the road to Julian, I got an early start to avoid the worst of the heat. I reached Highway 78 around 1100, put my thumb out and was immediately whisked away to an air-conditioned hotel by a local named Dylan. $118 is more than I’m accustomed to spending

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Dry Hot American Summer

I woke up around 0700, packed my stuff and topped off my water bottles. With an 18-mile carry, I poured a couple of liters into my dromedary bag as well. I put a few miles into the dirt and took a short break to check in with some friends. After a few more miles, I

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Trail Magic

Last night was wonderful. Not in a generic sense, but of all of the things visible from the campsite. It started out with an incredible setting of the sun over the desert 4,000 feet below. The shadows of the mountain range slowly extended out until the light fell below the horizon. City lights on the

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Mile-High Desert View

I spent the night at Cibbet Flats with a hiker named Andrew from Portland by way of Atlanta. We did the routine generalized camp conversation bit and went to bed around 2100. I’m not exactly sure what happened. At 0300, almost instinctively, my upper body lunged erect from sleep in one swift motion, I turned

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Sunshine

I woke up this morning on the floor of a cabin beside a propane fireplace. While lounging around camp the prior evening with a hiker from Illinois, we were invited indoors by a young Canadian woman who was departing the trail for a impromptu but short break. After some conversation, we cut the lights at

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Pizza

After a restless night of sleep, I knew that there was a good chance that I wouldn’t make it far today. I was packed and on the trail by 0900 and immediately met with the task of climbing the steep thousand-foot climb out of Hauser valley. The climb wasn’t as taxing as I had imagined

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Chafing

I woke up at 0630 to birds chirping in the 30-degree air. The ground was wet from sporadic rain showers throughout the night. The “improved” USMC high cover I purchased in San Diego for $70 had kept me dry save for a pool of water which emptied onto my face around midnight. I departed from

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Go!

I arrived at the US/Mexico border with my cousin and his wife at 1830 on Monday following a two-day stay at their home north of San Diego. The three-hour, 115-mile drive brought lots of surprises. Expecting a flat and hot desert, I was amazed to find towering granite mountains, lush green vegetation and an outside

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