Monday, June 4, 2012

Wish I Were There

Little Bear Creek San Bernardino Mtns.

Long shadows are cast as our hikers head north the morning of 5.29.12

The sun peaks above the San Bernardino Mountain range looking south and provides the shot of our hikers shadows above.

The mornings cool air lends to some entertainment.

The hike between Big Bear Lake and Silverwood Lake was extreme in that the temps ranged in the triple digits.  Here they take a break in the shade before they continue on... 

and water sources like Grass Valley Creek provided much needed hydration.

They reach their destination at Silverwood Recreation area about 8:00 pm on 5.29.12 and set up camp at the base of Cedar Springs Dam.

Onto the trail on 5.30.12 Amy called as she was so excited to find this wonderful surprise of fresh fruit, bottled water, and a carton of hard boiled eggs.  You just gotta love those trail angels!

They reach the top of the Silverwood Lakes rim and Amy is excited as she know a cool dip awaits her.

After a dip, laundry, and some eats, it's back to the trail and another trail greeter.  A very long greeting I might add!

Here's a beautiful panoramic shot of Amy and Silverwood Lake just before they leave it behind on their descent to the valley floor.
After miles of trail they near the valley floor at Cajon pass.  Ahead in the distance and just right of center is I-15 the Mojave Barstow freeway to Vegas.
The sun high in the sky and headed NW.  Ralston Peak, Lytle Creek Ridge, and Mt. Baldy provide a stunning picture and lends to what awaits ahead.

Centuries old wind carved walls help guide them.

Rock formations near Cajon.

After a brutal 18 mile hike through the Cajon Pass desert two welcoming sights emerge.
Interstate Freeway 15...
and this sign.  Yes, that is a McDonalds restaurant!

The heat, sweat, and constant rubbing of her backpack took it's toll through the desert.
Now they take a well deserved break.

5.31.12 am

Our hikers now have behind them 332 miles and have but a mere 2326 to go.  Welcome to PCT.

Thinking 22 miles until the next drink, 5 miles into the mornings hike, trail angels again surprise with Calistoga Sparkling Water.  A special thanks go out to Trailratz of the Swarthout Canyon, John, Dave, and Steve.

A look back at I-15 and Cajon Pass as they begin to ascend the San Gabriel and Angeles mtn range.

6.1.12 am

Looking east as the sun rises at 5:00 am.  Not a cloud in the sky.

Our hikers wanted to make ground before the heat set in and about 6 miles from Wrightwood a local by the name of Peter stopped to give our hikers a ride...

and drove them to a nice little place called Pines Hotel and these wonderful cabins...
into and around town.  What a Guy!

Here are some random pics taken along the trail...

Amy and Austin

6.1.12 pm


We leave you with this...
373 down and 2277 to go as they sit...
high atop the Angeles National Forest.


autena said...

Can't wait for the next installment. Great armchair traveling!

NeverTooOld said...

Hi Autena,
Ain't it though? Every pic makes me wish I were there with them, through thick and thin, but that pretty easy saying from the comfort of my own "armchair", lol. Thanks for the visit and I'm just waiting for this weeks pics to come through. Have a great week!

Nuckin Futs Knitter said...

It all looks so awesome! And its so great that people leave things like fruit and water to help them along the way!

NeverTooOld said...

It really is and there are people along the way that will take them in and allow them to shower, do laundry, and even feed them. There was an oriental gentleman that ran the little cabins that did their laundry for them at no cost, how cool is that. Well, thanks for stopping by and hope your week is going swell! said...

Dave its beautiful. I bet its more beautiful out on the trail and words cant even explain to us what it looks like out there. Happy hiking to the couple for me please and tell them I come back every few days to check on new photo's as they get them to you. Nicole.

NeverTooOld said...

Hi Nicole,
Sorry it's taken me a while to reply to your kind comments as it has been a very very busy week here at NTO, lol. They wanted me to thank all of you as do read everyones comments whenever they enter into a little town or trail angels home, so THANK YOU! I hope you've a great week and as always, thanks for stopping by!!

vintagerecycling said...

fabulous pictures! wish i was there too!

NeverTooOld said...

Hi VR,
Nice to see you stop by and the kids will appreciate your kind comment on the pics! I hope to have a new post here soon, but they've been in an area with very limited phone reception so I've only received a few pics since last post. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a great week!