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Archive for April 26th, 2006

Destination: Mt. Laguna
Starting Location: Lake Morena Today’s Miles: 22.40
Trip Miles: 43.00
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Lake Morena (3065) to Mt. Laguna (5980)
4688 Assent 1781 Decent
Today was full of wonderful contrast as we traveled nearly 3000 vertical feet and went from chaparral to oak woodland to coniferous forest. We also walked from pleasant weather to sleeting rain and when we arrived at Mt. Laguna we were both physically exhausted. We were also beginning to shiver. We had not planned on coming this far today but after running into Charlie Willard at Boulder Oaks and hearing about a hot shower and a comfortable bed the idea was planted. We were also interested in pushing ourselves to test our bodies early on. We faired well but vitamin I (ibuprofen) was on the dinner menu. We did not have reservations at Mt. Laguna and we arrived after the facilities were closed for the evening. We were certainly anxious when (while dripping and shivering) we rang the night bell and asked for a room. The inn keepers immediately invited us in, secured us a room, and even opened the store for us. We bought some junk food to supplement our mush-in-a-cup along with some firewood for the wood stove. What incredible hospitality. I can not remember when a hot shower and bed ever felt so good . . . I am exhausted
Today’s Miles: 22.40
Trip Miles: 43.00
Lake Morena (3065) to Mt. Laguna (5980)
4688 Assent 1781 Decent
Today was full of wonderful contrast as we traveled nearly 3000 vertical feet and went from chaparral to oak woodland to coniferous forest. We also walked from pleasant weather to sleeting rain and when we arrived at Mt. Laguna we were both physically exhausted. We were also beginning to shiver. We had not planned on coming this far today but after running into Charlie Willard at Boulder Oaks and hearing about a hot shower and a comfortable bed the idea was planted. We were also interested in pushing ourselves to test our bodies early on. We faired well but vitamin I (ibuprofen) was on the dinner menu. We did not have reservations at Mt. Laguna and we arrived after the facilities were closed for the evening. We were certainly anxious when (while dripping and shivering) we rang the night bell and asked for a room. The inn keepers immediately invited us in, secured us a room, and even opened the store for us. We bought some junk food to supplement our mush-in-a-cup along with some firewood for the wood stove. What incredible hospitality. I can not remember when a hot shower and bed ever felt so good . . . I am exhausted.

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