Balboa Park Wildflower Walk

Took a 4 mile walk through the undeveloped section of San Diego's Balboa Park, thinking I'd see maybe 20 native plants in flower. I saw 42 native species--and problably missed several too!

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Chiricahua

Hiked around chilly Chiricahua National Monument in southern Arizona. A good day.

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Stehekin

Today, like yesterday, is one of those travel days--the final part of the bus/bus/bus/shuttle/ferry segment.

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So many wildflowers

So. Many. Wildflowers. A wonderful day walking along the ridgelines north of Donner Pass towards Sierra City. One of my favorite days so far on the trail.

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Past Truckee

Another fine day of hiking along the Tahoe high country, past Truckee and to the north of Interstate 80

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North of Sonora Pass

A nero day--drying out in south Tahoe, then back on the trail for a wonderful evening hike five miles north of Sonora Pass.

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To Below Mather Pass

Hiked with two others up and over easy Pinchot Pass through austere high mostly treeless country to the base of Mather Pass

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Back to base

Once again, section D frustrates me with fickle weather. I'm heading back home.

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Cold and bleak

Cold and snowy and overcast--a dreary march north into the unknown conditions of the High Sierra, and a decision is made.

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Into Kennedy Meadows

A half-day walk to the Kennedy Meadows Store--the end of Southern California, and the start of the High Sierra.

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Packing things up

Today I spent the morning making my final pack list--discarding the unnecessary items, eliminating all the alternatives, weighing the primary selections on the kitchen scale, then stuffing the Chosen Items in their colored stuff sacks or Ziploc bags.

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A hike in Joshua Tree

We headed up to the west side of Joshua Tree yesterday--there's a nice 6 1/2 mile loop hike just out of the west entrance, winding through those odd rockpiles Joshua tree is known for, walking through some sandy washes, and shaking down some new gear for my PCT walk next month.

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Fitness Today

Went running for the first time in a week. Went well. No plantar fasciosis, yay!

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