I've been unable to access a computer for the length of time necessary to write a blog entry- but here I am- finally- over 300 miles into our hike to Canada! It sounds like a lot of miles when I don't think of it within the context of hiking over 2000 miles. Within that context, 300 miles sounds like small potatoes. Nevertheless, that is how it happens-- one small potato after another-- and eventually you have a thousand small potatoes!
We are currently at Cajon Pass, a highway exit in the far outskirts of L.A. There is still an amazing amount of traffic even though the mountain terrain surrounding this pass feels pretty remote and wild. We've passed through hot, dry, desert mountains near the Mexican border and beautiful alpine forests in the San Jacinto Mountains, and dramatic canyons just south of here along Mission Creek and Deep Creek. Countering all expectations, we've had only one hot day (though I've still managed to get heat rash on my legs on three different occasions). Two cool fronts have come through and brought in wind, rain, and huge ominous clouds. The latest front is just passing through and as we go into higher elevation mountains (8,000'-10,000'), we're hoping that slightly warmer weather prevails and any snow from the past few days melts away.
Recording moments from our journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. (All pre-2015 entries are Patrick's words on work and life at the homestead).