Album of the Day: “Kintsugi” by Death Cab for Cutie
This was our first day back on the trail after our 8 day hiatus to let my injured foot heal. I’m happy to say that it looks like the rest did the trick. My arches were a bit sore today, but other than that, I had no foot issues to speak of.
The day started off with Nana driving us back to Ziggy and The Bear’s house where we last left the trail.
Nana then proceeded to hike the first half mile or so with us up the trail. It was really fun to spend some time with her on the trail and witness how much she loves this landscape.
We eventually had to say our goodbyes to Nana just as it was starting to get hot (about 10am). It was clear that she wanted to keep going with us, and would love nothing more than to accompany us all the way to Canada. She always dreamed of hiking the whole trail and now she is enjoying experiencing it vicariously through us. We just love her like crazy and hated to see her walking back down the trail toward the car, but alas, we had miles to make and she had her own full day ahead of her. We miss you Nana!
The hiking for the day was hot and shadeless. We climbed out of the valley for several miles, passing by a large windmill farm.
Even with the heat, the scenery coming out of the desert floor was very pretty, with lots of views of San Jacinto to the south.
We eventually crested a pass and soon after entered the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We passed through many dry grassy slopes with views down deep canyons.