So we are about 10 days behind schedule right now.....I was sick for a week at the Andersons and it has been slow going since then. And it is hot now so....I really cannot wait to be out of the desert. We do not make as many miles as we could because it is too hot, and then you need to carry more water, and then your pack is heavier so you go slower..... The last few days were not very fun for me as I was exhausted after trying to hike across the Mojave Desert at night when it was cooler. But that messed with my sleep schedule and now I just want to be out of the desert. There are a bunch of people who are skipping up to Kennedy Meadows, and the one guy who was at the Andersons at the same time we were is skipping up there today with them...and he was one of the I want to walk continuously up to Canada people. Crazy. I think other people are also getting tired of the desert, so it is good to know I am not the only one. I still love it, just not so much hiking through it with a heavy pack. So hopefully it is not too hot the next 11 or 12 days and we can get to Kennedy Meadows. Right now skipping ahead is pretty tempting but....that is cheating. I didn't get much sleep last night either so I am still sleepy today, but we are going to hike out a little later today and get a few miles in before dark (there is a long hot stretch ahead with no water. boo!!). So yeah, if anyone is sending anything to us note that we are behind the 'schedule' that I sent out before we left.
So Phillip and Dana were gracious enough to take us to the border on Friday afternoon and we started hiking! It has been amazing and fun and we have been meeting a lot of very nice people all over the place. On the second day we had this awful hike up a canyon that was just soooo hot and bleh and when we got to the top we met some people out day hiking who gave us ice water! It was amazing!! Anyways we cannot upload the audio or photos at the library here in Julian, so hopefully in Warner Springs we can get them up. The first days were really hot, but yesterday was freezing! We were very glad we had all of our gear with us as in the morning it was soooo cold and windy we had our hats and gloves and jackets and long underwear on. It was crazy how windy it was....literally blowing me over on the trail. I was glad I had my hiking poles as without them I am sure I would have fallen numerous times just due to the wind. We have been hiking pretty far the last 2 days, 15-16 miles each da