Our plan to stay an extra night in Big Bear paid off. By the time we got to the trail mid-morning all of the snow had melted. Matter of fact, most of the time the ground didn’t even look like it had any moisture on it in weeks.
Several miles in we had good views of the lake and ski areas.
Other than these views we were mostly in forest. But we had our sights on getting at least 16 miles in, since that area on the mountain look to level out a bit.
Our gamble paid off and we got a nice flat area with a view of the steep valleys that we would spend the next two days traversing, plus the distant mountain peaks that we wouldn’t get to foe another several days.
Day 28 – 16 / 282
Today was a pretty uneventful day. We spent the bulk of the time working our way down a valley, looking at the creek, beaver ponds and hills.
For a stretch that was to drop a few thousand feet, we are spent a lot of time climbing. Short punchy climbs. The kind you can’t settle into a rhythm and just grind out. The kind that really take their toll on you.
But not enough that we couldn’t stop and laugh at some of the finds.
Like pine cones bigger than her head.
We got to a water source around 4:30, assessed the stretch ahead and decided to call it a night. We were headed into another canyon area and while there might have been an area flat enough to pitch out tent, we weren’t sure and it was only 3/4 of a mile further up the trail. So we stayed put.
The area was also a popular swimming and recreation area for the local towns. We got a few “you’re doing what?” questions and “no way could I do that” statements.
My favorite was when a lady asked “aren’t you afraid of the animals?”, to which I replied – “no, not of the animals” and left it hanging. She caught on pretty quick and finished – “yeah, I guess it’s people you need to be more concerned with.”
But we haven’t had those experiences. Yet.
Day 29 – 16 / 298
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