10: Big Bear to Cajon Pass

CALIFORNIA - May 19.5-24

Well, it's official...

Verizon is the official sponsor of thru-hiking. (Or it should be at least) They reigned supreme on the AT and it's shaping up to be the same on the PCT as well. 

Unfortunately I have AT&T but have been getting service in when I'm in town, which is actually a step up from the AT.

So, here's what I've been up to for the past few days.

May 19.5:

We got into Big Bear mid afternoon after a nauseating bus ride up winding roads and steep elevation. It's amazing 

 Get the Burger

Get the Burger

If you ever find yourself around BIg Bear, stop by this amazing burgerr joint! The owner, Erik, is fantastic and really helped us out a a jamb, finding a ride up to Onyx Peak to get back on trail. And the burgers were amazing- best on trail!!!

May 20th - 20 miles

 Some rocky trail for the day

Some rocky trail for the day

 Hiking around Big Bear Lake

Hiking around Big Bear Lake

May 21 - 19 miles

Today's landscape was a bit wacky and looked like a place you'd find Whaley Coyote and the road runner. A pretty landscape though, sandy and desertish. Tons of low brush and beautiful rock formations. We spent the night camped in a nice little piney forest area with some weekend backpackers. 

 beautiful stretches of flowers patches

beautiful stretches of flowers patches

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 Following the river

Following the river

 The rainbow bridge. Took me a few attempts to get the shot but with the help of my tripod and camera timer, I got it!

The rainbow bridge. Took me a few attempts to get the shot but with the help of my tripod and camera timer, I got it!

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May 23 - 24 miles. Ended the day at Cajon Pass - mile 342.0

 

 My first trail magic food of the trail!!! A banana never tasted so good :)

My first trail magic food of the trail!!! A banana never tasted so good :)

 Silverwood Lake

Silverwood Lake

 This little guy chilled on my pack for a bit while I was breaking for lunch.

This little guy chilled on my pack for a bit while I was breaking for lunch.

 The wind up here was incredible! Never felt anything like it, even on Mt. Washington!

The wind up here was incredible! Never felt anything like it, even on Mt. Washington!

 The welcome sign at Cajon Pass... what a buzz kill.

The welcome sign at Cajon Pass... what a buzz kill.

May 22- 24 miles

We followed along a canyon for the majority of the day. With all of the water restrictions, it's nice to just be around water for a change. Even though it wasn't necessarily accessible, just hearing the sound of running water is strangely comforting.

Around mid-day we stopped at a natural hot spring as the trail finally led us down to the river we'd been following all morning. 

After a quick soak, we headed back out to pick up a few more miles before nightfall. We were lucky that night to camp at a water source, and apparently others had the same idea. Before lights out, the final head count at the campsite was up to 26. 

 

 It was a mad dash to get to the McDonald's. This is the only place on trail where a MD is less than 1/2 mile from it. Needless to say it was filled with hikers. 

It was a mad dash to get to the McDonald's. This is the only place on trail where a MD is less than 1/2 mile from it. Needless to say it was filled with hikers. 

May 24

The plan is to head out this afternoon on my way to Wrightwood. It's about a 28 mile stretch with no water. I pickup up one of my resupply packages in Cajon Pass so with the 12ish pounds of food and 13ish pounds of added water for the dry stretch, I'll be taking it slow. I hope to get to Wrightwood in a couple days.

Talk to you then, 

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