Congratulations on your graduation from Duke! I hope you, Kayla, & the fam had a great weekend of celebrations!
Karrie & I just finished our first full day back on the trail. I used to venture out to this same area around Big Bear city when I was going to Redlands. It was my go-to spot whenever I was missing seasons & big trees. It was nice to revisit my old retreat. I even spotted some Joshua Trees, which I didn't at all expect to find on a mountain.
Due to our break for the wedding Karrie & I were supposedly repositioned in the center of the thru-hiker pack, but this morning we didn't see anyone, & I was starting to wonder where the masses were hiding. Then as soon as we hit the road near town people were everywhere! Everyone we met today was new to us since all of our friends we hiked with before are farther north at this point. The new group seems really friendly & they have great trail names like Moxie, Cactus, Baro, & Jangles. We're looking forward to getting to know each them more this week.
Hope all is well! Send me a text when you land your big job! -Jake & Karrie