Day 14 - Desert Descent

Hello dear friends!  

I've regained reception and am excited to share these past few days with you.

We begin at around 9,000 feet above sea level, upon the ridge of Mt. San Jacinto.

It was a beautiful and contemplative place to start the week. I jammed out to William Elliott Whitmore's new song "Healing to Do," dancing between visions of forest and desert floor, and soothing the ache I was feeling in my heart.

https://m.soundcloud.com/antirecords/william-elliott-whitmore-healing-to-do

My vitality refreshed, I began the 7,000 foot descent back to the desert floor.

See you later pine trees! 

See you later pine trees! 

Do you see the gnome? 

Do you see the gnome? 

It got hotter and hotter the lower we climbed. 

And the terrain changed rather quickly. 

And the terrain changed rather quickly. 

Evolution, a hiker from Romania by way of Detroit, surveying the land below.

Evolution, a hiker from Romania by way of Detroit, surveying the land below.

The landscape morphed throughout the day.

The landscape morphed throughout the day.

And beauty took many forms.

And beauty took many forms.

I reached the 200 mile mark!

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And saw lots of lizards scurrying about in the heat of the afternoon.

This one posed for a picture. 

This one posed for a picture. 

I hiked into the night and camped within a mile of the desert floor. I was exhausted from the intense terrain and grateful to lay down after a long day on my feet.

after sleeping peacefully for an hour or two, something awakened me by crashing into my tent and collapsing it upon me. 

Can you guess what it may have been? 

<3 Will