Sunday, June 5, 2011

May 31, 2011

Start: 541
End: 563

Today was another epic day in the Mojave desert. 12 Ounce, Gangsta Rap, Colin, and I woke up early at about 5am in an attempt to avoid hiking in the heat of the day. We didn't actually start hiking until 6:15, but still a much earlier start than yesterday.

We climbed about 2000' during the early part of the day, and then around 10am we came upon the first of the windmills. It was a very strange thing to come around the corner, and peaking over the hill are giant windmill blades.

We stopped for lunch at Oak Creek, just before Willow-Springs Road, and enjoyed our last trail lunch before resupplying tomorrow in Tehachapi. We also lay out in the sun for a while, enjoying the warm California sunshine, and talked about how great it is to be on the trail. Although we are in the Mojave desert, it was fairly cool, with a high in the mid-70's; we couldn't have asked for more perfect weather for this section.

After our break, we set out to do a few more miles and then camp just shy of Hwy 58 where we will be hitching a ride into Tehachapi. It was a hot and windless section, despite being in the midst of a field of giant wind turbines.

About 4-5 miles up the trail we found a nice place with a great view of the coming sunset. We got to camp early enough that we were able to enjoy the sunshine some more before setting up camp and making dinner. From our camping spot we can see many windmills, Tehachapi in the valley to the west, and across Hwy 58 the southern end of the Sierras!

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