(Day 2 Mile 22.1-41.5, Day 3 and 4 off, Day 5 41.5-61.7, Day 6 61.7-83.3, Day 7 83.3-109, Day 8 109-109.5)

Day 2 started off fairly well, but I started to feel ill again nearly immediately as I had on the climb the day before. The first miles on the way to Boulder Oaks Campground were very nice, however:

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Approx mile 25, beautiful meadow full of rabbits

We hiked on and started the large climb up to Laguna…this time around I don’t have alot of great pics as I wasn’t feeling well, but it is quite gorgeous. We filtered water at mile 38 and that was essentially the end of my fun for the day. It was tough and steep for 3.5 miles from there and I retched all the way up the mountain. We assumed it was dehydration, but it didn’t match prior experiences, so I was unsure. After reviewing together later, we realized some less than savory pork jerky was to blame. However, after my wife (henceforth known as T-Rex) literally pushed me up the final section, we made it to mile 41.5 and left the trail to get picked up. Our loyal friend Tom was there to grab us and RITS/T-Rex were wisked back to civilization.

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Obligatory rattlesnake photo....yes snakes are quite common.

I recovered nicely for Saturday festivities and it was great to see so many friends in town to wish us well and celebrate our friend Jamie’s birthday. Sunday we decided to stay in town as we wouldn’t get much hiking in…plus there were friends to see, things to prep and a new Game of Thrones episode to watch.

Our friend Cristina was nice enough to drive us the hour back to the trail and Monday we hit the trail running. We both felt great and were in familiar terrain. After meeting several new faces we headed past Laguna while gazing into the Anza Borrego state desert.

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Campsite at mile 61.7

The next day plunged us into new territory where we had never previously hiked. Without boring everyone with all the details…it is hard to describe multi-day backpacking in this terrain. Every turn, every few minutes you see something else that simply has to be experienced. I will try to provide photos along the way and I hope it illustrates a bit, but more than anything, I hope it inspires people to get outdoors.

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Obligatory cacti flowers for my mom

We headed down into the desert and back up out of it onto new mountains within just a few miles. This entire stretch, T-Rex and I have felt fantastic, no major foot or other issues, despite the elevation change. As you might expect, our hygiene has not fared quite as well.

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Resting our feet in a tiny bit of shade on a sunny climb

At this point, I might as well just hit you with a few more pictures on our way to Warner Springs

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Warner Springs Meadows around mile 103 (our new friend Huck is the hiker)

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Me on Eagle Rock around mile 106

We knocked out nearly 26 miles yesterday and still feel great today. We camped a half-mile out of Warner Springs and hiked in this morning for breakfast, shower, laundry and rest. Tomorrow we will be heading to Idyllwild for a couple days and after that the San Jacinto Mountains!

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