I haven’t held up my end of the bargain. With T-Rex out of the picture for a week and a half, I put my head down, kept walking, met new people, saw some amazing things and rested…but obviously did not update the blog. I’ve made promises before, but I will be better…onto the eye candy.

I will have to skim due to the time frame we are dealing with, but with T-Rex out of commission I headed out from mile 369 (alone and without the lady who keeps this ship afloat) and almost immediately had to deal with the ascent of Mt. Baden Powell. As the founder of the Boy Scouts of America and myself being an Eagle Scout, it was not only beautiful, but a little nostalgic to climb this particular mountain (sorry Mr. Powell, I can barely remember half the knots or skills I learned, but at least I remember the motto). The 3000ft climb was of course tiring, but the views were worth it:

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Ridge before the summit of Baden Powell

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Horrific selfie from the summit

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Another view from the top

From there, I headed down to Little Jimmy Trail Camp, through a burn area, and met some new (and old) friends.

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From left, Snowman, Juicy, Sunshine and Duncan

The next day would be from 384 to 408 and involve road walking, big climbs and a near miss from a rattlesnake who was displeased I was in his vacinity.

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Heading back down...

Two more days followed as I headed towards Acton and mile 444, but the Station Fire (named as this massive wildfire burned down a wilderness fire station) and a couple detours laid in our way:

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Memorial for fallen firefighters fighting the blaze (on the detour)

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Morning after, looking over burn area

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This is Poodle Dog Bush, Poison Oak on Steroids that grows in burn areas. Not man's best friend.

I waited out weather in Palmdale, outside Acton for a couple days and eventually headed on to Agua Dulce and past it…

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Vasquez Rocks around mile 450.

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View of Lake Hughes, approximately mile 470

At mile 478, I spent 2.5 days at “Casa de Luna”, home of trail angel family the Andersons. Part of this was waiting on T-Rex to heal and partly because it was just so much fun. 30 hikers playing disc golf, imbibing and grilling, it was a great break. Continuing…

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Been walking for a while...

I was headed for Hiker Town, a weird little wild west looking town for hikers to stay at near Lancaster

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Road to Hiker Town, mile 517

Next up was a flat desert walk that would lead me along the LA Aqueduct on the desert floor and then through the Mesa Wind Farm to Tehachapi where T-Rex was heading to meet me and rejoin the adventure.

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Open Aqueduct at Sunrise, mile 519

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Eventually covered and heading underground

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Snowman looking adventurous

I flew I to Tehachapi and hitchhiked in under bad weather. Shortly after checking in, I was rejoined by my wife and hiking partner, T-Rex, fresh off the bus! Update to come on our travels through May…