|Reunion with Trail Friends|
After a month on the trail, my decision to flip up to Kennedy Meadows and hike South put me back in touch with some of the hikers that I had first met near the start of the trail. It has been fun to catch up. Everyone has been losing weight, which has been interesting to notice too.
Coming southbound out of Tehachapi, the trail goes quickly uphill into an enormous wind farm. There was also an advisory in effect due to even higher than normal winds--it was extreme. Hiking while surrounded by enormous wind turbines adds a low roar from the nearest turbines, and a surreal aspect as the turbines add a factory sense to an otherwise natural landscape.
|Walking the Aquaduct|
Coming down from the wind farm there was a very dry section that paradoxically shared an easement with a huge pipe filled with water for the LA aquaduct. Toward the end of the day I found a side road and pitched my tent. The flat desert had no tall plant cover, but I was so remote from anywhere that I thought privacy would not be an issue. Just at the critical moment in my evening toilet, four quads roared by, unavoidably receiving a full moon from yours truly.
|At Casa de Luna|
Also in this section I made stops at Hikertown, which has a Wild West theme, and Casa de Luna, which bills itself as hipie day care. More on these stops in the photo album for this section: https://goo.gl/photos/PJvvoP7yxQugTCsQ8