Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Matt and I went camping at Jackson Lake near Wrightwood, CA, and then hiked to the nearby Big Horn Mine, at Vincent Gulch. I felt like we were in the movie INTO THE WILD at times. In our adventures we met a hippie couple camping nearby and shared spirits with them by a crackling, evening fire. He was a roadie from England and she looked just like Catherine Keener. After we called it a night and went back to our respective tents, we set the alarm for 2am. The meteor shower was romantic. We saw about 15 shooting stars over the course of an hour. In the morning we set off on our hike to the mine. We expected it to be an "easy" hike, but it was pretty dog-on tough! Hiking in the middle of the day with no shade, at a high altitude, on rock, going uphill made me very dehydrated. I've gotta say, this was one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on, with views of Mt. Baldy, desolate vistas and ending at the abandoned mine shaft. We had lunch at the Grizzly Cafe', and then a Birthday lobster dinner at Delmonico's. I feel very grateful.