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Day 19: Hotsprings

Day 19: Hotsprings

Start: 300.92
End: 318.0
Lots of frogs and crickets to serenade me to sleep last night. 8 miles to the hotsprings with Nick, Squirrel, and Clockwork. We split up at the springs, the women didn’t stop.
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I spent three hours or so at the springs, and ran into Hugo and Mia.
Mia was wearing a really pretty dress, and in a brain fart told her she looked ‘famishing’… One or two people looked at me puzzled, and we realized I meant ‘ravishing’! Haha! I think she could take famishing as a trail name.
I soaked, appreciated the naked bodies, thought about staying for the night but realized I would have to contend with partiers all night so moved on. A few mild sunburns later…
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The hike out from there was pretty dramatic, hiking along a canyon until it suddenly opened up to the Mojave Desert to the north, and a huge dam that doesn’t appear to have any purpose, not damming anything other than being an eyesore.
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Ran in to my first water crossing that required getting wet. Sandy bottom so I took my shoes off and crossed.
I hiked late, tried finding a campground, didn’t find it, sun set, and just as it was getting dark found where Trash Panda, She Bear, Nick, Squirrel, Clockwork, and a few others. I was exhausted. Threw up my tent, and although I was famished I simply ate some gorp and passed out.
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Sunrise:

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And some videos:

Welcome to the Mojave, we've got heat and sand!

 

 

 

 

Charlie Hough
1 Comment
  • James Mize

    Pretty sure that eyesore dam is a flood control project. They don’t look like much in the dry season, but when it rains it pours and the hills sluice off in debris flows that are highly destructive downstream.

    May 11, 2016 at 8:52 pm Reply

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