Rain was in the forecast today at Warner Springs however by the time it rolled in I was getting close to 5000 ft in elevation from 3376 at the creek last night. The spit of rain turned to freezing rain and then to a small snow flurry. Since waking up this morning the temperature didn't … Continue reading Day 10, 115 to Mikes Place 127.3
4/18/18 Yesterday evening the knee swelling hadn't subsided. It's really tough being sidelined and watching classmates leave by 6:30am. Still some swelling this morning so I decided to go for a walk to the restaurant about a mile away for breakfast thinking maybe it would loosen up the fluid. Breakfast was french toast, eggs and … Continue reading Day 9, Mind/Body turmoil, Mile 109-115.
This morning I woke up with condensation on the inside of my tent. This is partially due to pitching the bottom of the tent directly on the ground so that last nights wind wouldn't grab it. Typically, my tent is 4-6" above the ground with a mesh perimeter in order to allow air flow. Today … Continue reading Day 8, Zero
4/16/18 7:15am Start. Today was an active yet easy mileage day in the sense of it only being 8 miles but yesterday's 24 mile day didn't help my knee issue. All of that 8mile was slow going trying to not aggravate things more than necessary. Eagle Rock One of the highlights for this section is … Continue reading Day 7, Campsite mile 101 to Warner Springs Recreation Center 109.
4/15/18 Last night was restless under the overpass as I cowboy camped. My radar kept going off listening for mice chewing on my things, chased a few away. Coyotes also came close, it's really interesting how well they communicate and the range of calling they do. Today ended up being a 24 mile day from … Continue reading Day 6, Scissors Crossing 77 to Campsite/water source 101
On trail by 7:00 as it will be another 80+ degree day. My next resupply is at Warner Springs mile 109 so I was hoping for a 20 mile day. Scissors Crossing (mile 77) is a water resupply point under a bridge that is maintained by Trail Angels. This is also a highway junction to … Continue reading Day 5, mile 68.4 – 77
4/13/18 Yesterday put me about 2hrs ahead of the group that stayed behind at Mt Laguna. I was taking it slowly today due to a nagging knee pain so by about 10:00 the group passed me. They informed me that there was going to be Trail Magic ahead. When I arrived at Sunrise Pass I … Continue reading Day 4, Pioneer Picnic Area 52.6 to mile 68.4. Trail Magic!
4/12/18 20 miles today. Early 6:30am start today as the trail passes by the town of Mt Laguna with a general store. Weather was in the mid 40's with high winds most all day. Mt Laguna reported a 56mph gust today which would coincide with my Instagram clip. I arrived in Mt. Laguna at 11:45, … Continue reading Day 3, Cibbets 32.6 to Mt Laguna and Pioneer Picnic Area 52.6.
After a disappointing night's rest I begrudgingly stepped off my picnic table bed and went about making breakfast and figuring out how best to stuff everything into my pack. Also on the agenda is getting water resupply which is a daily activity. Water is a high priority for us now. Lake Morena has evidently had … Continue reading Day 2, Lk Morena to Cibbets Campground 32.6
4/10/18 The oh s*** what have I gotten myself into moment I touched the border wall panel #0, while the border patrol watched from a hilltop haha! Well, 85 degree SoCal desert heat is apparently different than 85 degree Yakima heat. I've been wondering what my walking pace and water consumption would be. This section … Continue reading Day 1, Mile 1-20 Lk Morena.