Southern California

US-Mexico Border Mile 0 May 14, 2016

US-Mexico Border Mile 0 May 14, 2016

The start of a beautiful journey

The start of a beautiful journey

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Day 2 ending at Mile 48

Day 2 ending at Mile 48

Day 3 - leaving Mount Laguna

Day 3 - leaving Mount Laguna

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Water Cache

Water Cache

Day 7 - Idyllwild and Tahquitz Rock

Day 7 - Idyllwild and Tahquitz Rock

Summit of San Jacinto friends that visited me on trail

Summit of San Jacinto friends that visited me on trail

Tahquitz Rock

Tahquitz Rock

Can’t get enough of this rock. I learned to Trad climb here

Can’t get enough of this rock. I learned to Trad climb here

Camping with friends

Camping with friends

Sunset over the clouds

Sunset over the clouds

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Hiking under Interstate Highway 10

Hiking under Interstate Highway 10

Big Bear

Big Bear

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Tydy and Shaka

Tydy and Shaka

Deep Creek Hot Springs

Deep Creek Hot Springs

Camping near Deep Creek

Camping near Deep Creek

The trail is well marked

The trail is well marked

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McDonalds!

McDonalds!

Crossing I-15 Highway and crossing over into the San Gabriels

Crossing I-15 Highway and crossing over into the San Gabriels

San Gabriel Mountains

San Gabriel Mountains

My backyard

My backyard

Looking towards the Mojave

Looking towards the Mojave

Ending one of my toughest days on trail

Ending one of my toughest days on trail

I almost quit this day

I almost quit this day

But decided to keep hiking

But decided to keep hiking

Poodle Dog Bush

Poodle Dog Bush

Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks

Made it to Agua Dulce and reunited with friends

Made it to Agua Dulce and reunited with friends

We were hosted by a family and stayed in their backhouse

We were hosted by a family and stayed in their backhouse

Leaving Agua Dulce and switching to night hiking to avoid the heat

Leaving Agua Dulce and switching to night hiking to avoid the heat

Sunrise after hiking all night

Sunrise after hiking all night

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PCT Class of 2016

PCT Class of 2016

My friend Flop

My friend Flop

Trying to hitchhike into Hiker Town

Trying to hitchhike into Hiker Town

The LA Aquaduct

The LA Aquaduct

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Trail Magic!

Trail Magic!

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Made it to Tehachapi and completed my first 50+ mile day

Made it to Tehachapi and completed my first 50+ mile day

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I will never forget this moment. I saw the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada for the first time. (Difficult to see in picture but they are there)

I will never forget this moment. I saw the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada for the first time. (Difficult to see in picture but they are there)

Starting to look like the Sierra

Starting to look like the Sierra

~600 - quickly approaching the end of the desert

~600 - quickly approaching the end of the desert

But before making it to the Sierra, the hottest and driest section

But before making it to the Sierra, the hottest and driest section

40+ mile dry stretch

40+ mile dry stretch

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Mojave sunset

Mojave sunset

This water cache was nice

This water cache was nice

Typical lunch

Typical lunch

Approaching Lake Isabella

Approaching Lake Isabella

Too hot to hike

Too hot to hike

Southern Sierra

Southern Sierra

Kennedy Meadows

Kennedy Meadows

The Kern River

The Kern River

The end of the desert. The start of the Sierra ~ mile 700

The end of the desert. The start of the Sierra ~ mile 700