Hi desert, I didn’t miss you

After a ridiculously never ending climb of something like 5,000 feet out of Cajon Pass I ran into no other than Burning Daylight again. It was shortly after 5pm and he has his tent setup on a pretty sweet ridge line with a killer view of the valley below. I wanted to make it to gruffy for water but said screw it and tossed up my tent.

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It was a little windy but I had no idea what the god of wind had in store that night. I woke up several times to the sound of nylon ripping through the wind pushing on the walls around me. My sleep was really bad that night. Eventually 7am rolled around and I tried to keep myself sleeping as much as I could but once I woke up I couldn’t get back to sleep so I crawled out and started packing away my gear. Burning Daylight was already gone, on his way into the town of Wrightwood with breakfast on the mind. After packing I felt I deserved real food because of that 5k climb as I chased him down the mountain.

I eventually caught up to him in a small cafe in town and ordered up a fried steak breakfast complete with eggs, hash browns and gravy covered biscuits. For the first time in my life a restaurant defeated me, I couldn’t complete this monstrous breakfast. After working at it for 45 minutes I surrendered and Burning Daylight and I went and did some shopping before catching a lift up the road a little ways back to the trailhead.

Burning Daylight wanted to do a Nero(near zero miles) but I convinced him we should summit Mt. Baden Powell and camp a ways down. We did, it was rad.

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We hiked down a bit before setting up camp and agreed we should stick together till Aqua Dulce do to some confusing trail closures and the infamous poodle dog bush, a villainous little bastard that plagues burn areas in southern California.

The next morning we were at it again but it wasn’t beautiful or eventful so I won’t bore with details except for the wind. Lots of fucking wind! We camped at the Mill Creek station and worried we would wake up airborne. Somehow we didn’t.

Now going on the third day of almost no sleep we made plans to hike to North fork station, most of it by fire road which was really nice. It was this or poodle dog bush. We came by an abandoned fire station correctional facility camp which was eery and cool. The story behind it was very sad, two firefighters lost their lives saving others in the camp.

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Eventually we made it to north fork pretty early in the day and took a break before pressing on to the hiker friendly KOA campground. Here I sit with a belly full of ice cream and happy about the consistent high mileage I’ve been doing. Burning Daylight doesn’t express the same happiness but deep down I think he likes the push. :)

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The above image a testament to the wind. 70mph is just to much for the at&t tower.

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