I felt like a pawn advancing down a chess board today: just moving forward. The trail wound through homogeneous chaparral for 20.1 miles, mostly shadeless and dry, up and over a couple of thousand-foot ridges, gradually heading north.

But I stumbled over a family of baby Mountain Quail, flushed a Turkey Vulture off a dead skunk on the trail, and met two Israelis named Pepper and Mace who had just taken seven days off for no particular reason (guys, we still have a long way to go…), so I didn’t get too bored. And I was glad to hike under my reflective umbrella for most of the afternoon, perfect for these hot, sunny desert sections.

3 replies
  1. Denise Hamilton
    Denise Hamilton says:

    Gosh, would I love to “stumble across” a family of Mountain Quail! Sure glad you got you unbrella back- I didn’t know there were such things as reflective ones.

  2. Judy J
    Judy J says:

    I’ve been catching up about once a week – am so envious of your trip. I met you at Barnes & Noble when you gave your talk about Antarctica. I’m a grandma with a granddaughter who loves your Among Penguins book – she is 15 and has wanted to be a marine biologist since she was 10. I’ve only hiked the PCT in Oregon and Washington. Can’t wait for you to get to the High Sierras.

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