The So-Cal Desert

With Kickoff a few days past, and some a few miles on our legs, we’re posted up in Warner Springs, a small town with a Post Office and community center, free ranging cows, and not too much else. We’re taking the morning off, letting our

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Becky Celebrating 100 miles on the trail! (she had a hard time standing up after crouching for this shot…)

bodies and minds rest for a bit- 80 +  miles in the last four days definitely left us hungry, dirty, and tired.

Interior Southern California has been a total adventure- all new terrain for me, and reminiscent of Becky’s time in Baja with NOLS. The landscape changes constantly from ridge to ridge. Up in the Mount Laguna area, we hiked through tall pine forests, only to pass through very arid burn-scapes fifteen miles later. Eastern mountains are clearly stuck in the

20130501-100136.jpgrain shadow of the western peaks- Often the next ridge over may be forested, when we are hiking through cacti.

Probably the most amazing feature I didn’t expect has been the desert bloom. It’s springtime here, and though that doesn’t mean quite the same thing as it does in Vermont, it is gorgeous. It has been a reasonably dry winter here in SoCal, below average rainfall- but that hasn’t stopped many of the cacti and wildflowers from blooming. See below for pictures!

From here, its 4 days to Idyllwild, 75 miles away. After that comes Mount San Jacinto, the tallest peak in Southern California, around 10,000 ft. Its a 3-4 mile spur trail- miles that don’t count towards the PCT, but we may not be able to resist the temptation to do a little peak-bagging, especially if some snow remains on the top! There is a lot to be excited about, here we go!

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Day Four!

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Yoga

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Day Five!

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Mr. Grumpy

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Putting Our feet up during a mid-day break- staying cool and healthy.

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Not sure what this was doing there…

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Day Six!

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Road Runner!

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Prickly Pear

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High Seven!

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California Poppy

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Yoga under the bridge

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The San-Felipe Hills- dry as a bone.

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Eagle pose at Eagle Rock!

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Eagle pose at Eagle Rock!

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Vegan Dinner from ‘Monty Tam’ in Warner Springs- YES!

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Excited (the first of two plates of food)

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The crowd at Monty’s

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Yucca

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10 thoughts on “The So-Cal Desert

  1. Excellent photos Luke and Becky – Great to follow along with you and to see the desert in bloom (again). Keep on truckin’ !

  2. Hi Becky,
    I found your blog finally! It sounds like you’re motoring along. Enjoy! Mattie and I will be Tuolumne on July 5. We’re planning our meals now.
    Daniel Scheidt dmscheidt@msn.com

  3. Yay for desert flowers and yoga and vegan food! Can’t wait until its my turn. So enjoy taking a pre-hike with you guys. Walk on. Peace.

  4. Thanks for sharing all of these great photos and commentary! The cardboard box and bucket that you were sitting on at Monty’s must have felt like heaven… Keep going—-you’re doing great. (We’re cheering, but you can’t hear us.) OXOX

  5. What wonderful pictures. I am enjoying your journey from the comfort of my living room – wouldn’t have it any other way!,

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