I woke up at 5:30 and set out. It was an easy day of hiking since I was only going 8 ½ miles to the highway. The trail meandered across low rolling hills filled with hundreds of wind turbines. This pass funnels cool ocean air from the west to the Mojave Desert. While the temperature was pleasant, I often had to walk and lean into the wind.
I arrived with the rest of the hiking group at Highway 58 by 9AM. While normally a notoriously hard hitch, we had all been promised rides the night before by Scout – our Taco Bell, fruit, & Gatorade benefactor. Since there were 8 of us, it took 2 trips, but we soon made it to the town of Mojave. The rest of my day has been spent doing the typical hiker chores of laundry, showering, and food re-supply. I’m heading out in the morning for Kennedy Meadows – where I will finally leave the desert SW behind and enter the High Sierras.