We were in CA for 3 of the 4.5 months, so there are quite a few CA pictures. Hope it's not too many! Enjoy!
This is the Monument that at the Mexican border. The metal wall you see behind us is the border! See how nice and shiney and clean we are?
These signs aren't along the whole trail...just at mile 1.
Our first campsite, just off the trail. This night we had 37 illegal immigrants walk by us!
Most of the nights in the desert we just slept out. It never rained, so we didn't really feel the need to use our tarp.
We set up our tarp for shade one day in the desert during a break.
Eagle Rock. No question why it got it's name! It's a natural formation.
The biggest pine cones (and heaviest!) I've ever seen!
Our hotel in Idyllwild. This was our first of three places where we made up our protein shakes to mail ahead. I think we each made about 50!
This is how we got our water along the way...then we treated it with bleach to kill, what Mark's grandma called, "skeegleweegles." :)
We had just descended 6-7,000 ft down to the desert floor. It was HOT here. Behind us, you can see Mt. San Jacinto at over 10,000 ft. We were trying to squeeze ourselves into the shade by this boulder.
We hiked nearly 200 miles only to have our first bear be in a cage. This bear will be trained and used in movies.
Mark is sitting in the Deep Creek hot springs. The water behind him is cold from the creek and the water he's in is from the hot springs.
I had to include a picture of a horney toad because Mark took TONS of pictures of them before we got this good one!
We walked through several ski resorts, so we decided to get our picture taken on the lift!
Mark is an Eagle Scout, so we had to get his picture on the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell (he's the founder of the Boy Scouts). We only had to walk 1/3 of a mile out of the way and a couple hundred feet up to get here from the trail.
Another view of the desert mountains.
The most famous trail angels on the whole trail are the Saufley's, who run Hiker Heaven.
As we walked the desert floor through the Mojave, we found shade under a Joshua Tree.
In Souther CA, especially around the town of Mojave, there were thousands of wind turbines everywhere!
This was the windiest day of the whole trip. We could barely walk straight the wind was blowing so hard!