DATE: May 12
START: Mission Creek
FINISH: Big Bear/Van Dusen Canyon
DISTANCE: 42 miles (67.6 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 274 miles (440.9 km)
Steady 3,500 ft climb out of Mission Creek. Felt strong. Ran into Beardo, a former AT hiker who is good friends with Carnivore and Purple (SWH trail angels). The hiking community is a relatively small and close knit one, and it is not uncommon to run into old friends, or at least friends of friends, on a regular basis.
Later that day I also met a guy by the name of Ryan Choi. I recognized his name due to the fact that he is one of only a handful of people to have hiked the Hayduke Trail, which was part of the recently completed Southwestern Horseshoe. I owed him a debt of gratitude, as he was the guy who documented the premier water source of the entire Hayduke, the Hole-in-the-wall spring on the Paria River.