14: Letter to the Desert

CALIFORNIA - June 9-17

Dear Desert, 

I'm not sure how to say this, so I'll just be blunt, it's over. I thought we we're perfect for each other but I've moved on. You know i love the the blistering heat between us but you know what they say about too much of a good thing. And I'm not sure we can rekindle the flame, because actually, fires aren't allowed. 

Either way I think we shouldn't be together anymore. It's not you, it's me, well, actually no, it's you. I just felt you're always staying in the same place while I was moving forward, mainly north that is. And lately I feel there's become a distance between us, about 150 miles roughly. 

Don't worry though, I'll still visit on vacation and maybe for the winter holidays because you know how I feel about the cold.

I'm sorry though, I've moved on, and if you really must know, I'm seeing the Sierra's now. Anyway, I think it's all for the best. On cold nights, I'll probably miss your warm embrace. I'll always remember you and the times we shared together. 

Goodbye for now, but not forever, 

Outro

 the last of the wind farms

the last of the wind farms

 joshua trees

joshua trees

 Spacemn, Linda, Evac and U-turn

Spacemn, Linda, Evac and U-turn

 fresh cobbler at Linda's house

fresh cobbler at Linda's house

Our amazing trail angle host, Linda, in Tehachapi! She is a truly amazing women who has traveled and hiked all over the world. She was so wonderful opening up her house to us which was basically a museum with artifacts from all the spectacular places she's been around the world. And right now she's off hike the Camino de Santiago! Thanks again for your wonderful generosity and happy hiking!

 typical views of the desert

typical views of the desert

 an amazing water cashe left by our friends Spaceman and Flamin' Hot!!! It saved us from a 30 mile no water stretch. 

an amazing water cashe left by our friends Spaceman and Flamin' Hot!!! It saved us from a 30 mile no water stretch. 

 more desert

more desert

 when there's no shade, I brought my own! Time for a mid-day nap to wait out the hottest part of the day. 

when there's no shade, I brought my own! Time for a mid-day nap to wait out the hottest part of the day. 

 1/4 of the way done!!!

1/4 of the way done!!!

Mile 700!

On to Kennedy Meadows,

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