Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Big Bear

Our hikers have truly gained some ground this past week having covered over 100 miles since their decent from Idyllwild, CA.  After a couple days rest and replenishing supplies, they left the campground and

descended upon the valley floor a meer 6,000 ft below on the 21st of May.

  Here are a few shots as they followed the trail on the descent.
 The trail ahead.
 Decending Black Mountain and the view of Cabazon Valley below...
Looking back from where they came.

During a break and to help past the time Allan makes this trail slingshot.

Great pose too!

Not many pictures were taken as the heat and their eagerness to hit the valley floor overtook the need for site seeing.  Finally reaching Cabazon, their first stop brings them to trail angels Lance and Tracy
 where our hikers get to cool off in the shade and enjoy a beverage and fresh oranges.
The temp in the Cabazon Valley was 105 degrees.

The 22nd of May also brought our hikers to mile 200.

Pictured here with "Ziggy" another trail angel, our hikers are treated to dinner and an overnight stay.
Back on the trail and preparing the ascent up the San Gorgonio wilderness area and Big Bear mountain.  Allan and Austin look ready for the challenge.

Hiking into the San Gorgonio wilderness area and at mile 220, they were surprised by this crystal clear stream that invited a dip to cool off from the scorching heat.

After the break and on the trail once again.  Wind turbines scattered along the foothills and sagebrush.

Life is alive in the San Gorgonio.

Critters like this horned lizard run free. This one doesn't appear to be very happy having his picture taken, lol.

This tree that I believe is a Dogwood, stands alone on the trail side.

Here's a great shot of Allan as they ascend up a rocky section of trail.

High atop the mountain the valley is barely visible.

A couch, cooler, and cold beverages invite our hikers.  Amy and Austin enjoy the rest.

Making it to Big Bear City in the San Bernardino mountains they met awesome trail angels Mountain Mama and Papa Smurf...
who took them in for the night, let them do their laundry, shower, 
and best of all... 

treated them to a hearty meal.

The following morning as they hike high above the tree tops, the view of Big Bear Lake in the distance.

After a good rest and more than 20 miles further down the trail, this beautiful mid morning shot was taken by trail pal Austin.

Their first campfire of the trip.

Allan and Austin and a lil chow.

The nights sky.

Back on the trail with...

a Big Bear behind them 
and reaching mile
 Memorial Day


autena said...

That stream looks perfect for a cooling swim!

NeverTooOld said...

Hi Autena,
Oh they said they hated to have to leave it behind. They are preparing to ascend Mt. Whitney to an altitude of just over 13,000 ft. Well, hope your week is going great and thanks for stopping by!

ticc said...

Hi Dave(NeverTooOld)!!!
I was stopping by to catch up on the adventure, and how they were coming along. Wow, it was great seeing all the pictures, and reading the story that came with them. Loved all of it!! Can't wait till the next ones are posted. Hope all is well your way with family and all. Have a wonderful day!!
Susan (ticc)

nbrsspot.blogspot.com said...

Wow they have went a ways. how much further do they have left to go? You should be very proud of them..

NeverTooOld said...

Hi Susan,
We're all fine! Thanks for the kind comments as well. They (our hikers) just texted me to say how much they appreciate everyones comments and TYVM!!! I apologize to all for not getting around to everyones blogs like I should be, but will here in the next day or two! Thanks again for the visit and hope you and yours are always safe and well!!

NeverTooOld said...

Hi Nicole,
Thank you so much for visiting and your wonderful comments! They have only a mere 2,295 miles to go (give 'er take a mile), lol. Thanks again and hope you and yours are safe and well!

nbrsspot.blogspot.com said...

That is a long way to hike. I hope they both stay safe as well. Again I love hiking but dont think I could do such an outing. They are really brave.