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Friday, 10/22, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 25 minutes. Chat with Joan Taylor and Andy et al.


Wednesday, 10/20, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 10/18, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to Tahquitz viewpoint taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Sunday, 10/17, Ride 10 miles

Downtown/city loop taking 43 minutes.


Saturday, 10/15, Ride 10.1 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Thursday, 10/14, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt with Kai taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Wednesday, 10/13, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Monday, 10/11, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 10/10, Ride 10.1 miles

Downtown loop taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 10/9, Ride 11.1 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes. Beautiful cool morning 65° temps.


Wednesday, 10/6, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 10/4, Ride 17.5 miles - Track

Borrego Springs loop with Janice taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Sunday-Monday, 10/3-4, Anza-Borrego overnight

Pick up my Alaskan friend Janice at PSP and driver her and her bike and a ton of groceries to her rental house in Borrego Springs. After dropping her off and unloading everything i go camping for the night. Consider Arroyo Salado but decide to move to Ella Wash site. Drive 110 miles today. Warm sunny afternoon but okay in shade of vehicle. 96° at 3p. Sunset 6:12p, 88°. Can of Beanee Weenees for dinner. Calm night with some high clouds. Try sleeping inside Subaru without tent. Get up at 5a Monday and sit in dark waiting for sunrise. Did not sleep well in Subaru at all. Won't do that again. Sunrise 6:48a, 72°. Ride 17.5 mile Borrego Springs loop with Janice. (See above.) Really nice ride taking 1 hour 5 minutes. Drive up to Coyote Canyon site before driving home. 112 miles today, 222 miles trip total.


Saturday, 10/2, Ride 10.5 miles

Downtown/city loop taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 10/1, Ride 11.7 miles

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Thursday, 9/30, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Wednesday, 9/29, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Nice temps mid 70°.


Monday, 9/27, Joshua Tree morning drive

Short walk around Cottonwood Spring area. The cottonwoods and palms are beautiful. Both Cottonwood campground loops open with only a few sites occupied. Drive out Black Eagle road to stargazing spot. Much soft sand on road. Was a bit worried but i kept speed up and didn't get stuck. Turn around at Porcupine Wash trailhead. Nice break along aqueduct road before driving home via Dillon and 1000 Palms Canyon roads. 131 miles.


Sunday, 9/26, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 9/25, Ride 12.6 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 52 minutes.


Wednesday, 9/22, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Monday, 9/20, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Chat with Chenwen, Joan and Rob Taylor.


Sunday, 9/19, Ride 11.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Saturday, 9/18, Ride 10 miles

Downtown loop taking 40 minutes.


Friday, 9/17, Henderson trail

Hike Henderson loop returning via the wash.


Wednesday, 9/15, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to second stream crossing taking 65 minutes. Nice day and no fresh foot prints above first crossing.


Monday, 9/13, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. More people on trail today than past few months.


Sunday, 9/12, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Saturday, 9/11, Ride 8.4 miles

Downtown loop taking 35 minutes.


Thursday, 9/9, Ride 10.6 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Tuesday, 9/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon taking 1 hour.


Monday, 9/6, Ride 12 miles

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 47 minutes.


Sunday, 9/5, Ride 10.8 miles

City loop taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 9/4, Ride 10.1 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes.


Thursday, 9/2, Ride 6 miles - Track

Idyllwild loop taking 33 minutes.


Monday, 8/30, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Clean up huge pile of trash at trailhead.


Sunday, 8/29, Ride 10.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 8/28, Ride 10.2 miles

City/airport loop taking 40 minutes.


Thursday, 8/27, Ride 13.8 miles - Track

San Clemente to Dana Point and back taking 58 minutes.


Monday, 8/23, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Chat with ChenWen and Scott.


Sunday, 8/22, Ride 12 miles

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 8/21, Ride 10 miles

Downtown loop taking 41 minutes.


Friday, 8/20, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Thursday, 8/19, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Cooler temps in mid-70s.


Wednesday, 8/18, Ride 10.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Monday, 8/16, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin taking 1 hour. Chat with Kathy. Muggy.


Sunday, 8/15, Ride 10 miles

City loop taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 8/14, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 43 minutes.


Friday, 8/13, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Wednesday, 8/11, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon taking 1 hour.


Sunday, 8/8, Ride 10.2 miles - Track

Monrovia. Mountain, Huntington, Colorado, Baldwin, Foothill loop taking 43 minutes.


Saturday, 8/7, Ride 12 miles - Track

Monrovia. Foothill, Rosemead, Sierra Madre, Santa Anita, Colorado, Myrtle loop taking 50 minutes.


Thursday, 8/5, Ride 4.3 miles - Track

Idyllwild to Humber Park taking 33 minutes. That's a steep road for this flatlander.


Monday, 8/2, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 8/1, Ride 14 miles

Tollgate and Andreas Hills 54 minutes.


Saturday, 7/31, Ride 11.5 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Friday, 7/30, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Thursday, 7/29, Ride 15.4 miles

Andreas Hills and tollgate taking 1 hour.


Wednesday, 7/28, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Less humid with a light breeze. Quite pleasant.


Monday, 7/26, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Low clouds with very light sprinkles. Also very humid.


Sunday, 7/25, Ride 10.8 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Saturday, 7/24, Ride 11.3 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 45 minutes.


Friday, 7/23, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Wednesday, 7/21, Devil's Slide

Hike Devil's Slide meadow loop taking about 3 hours. Slow easy pace. Nice day with pretty fair weather cumulus clouds.


Monday, 7/19, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon taking 1 hour.


Sunday, 7/18, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 7/17, Ride 12.8 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 54 minutes.


Friday, 7/16, Oswit Canyon

Short Oswit Canyon hike.


Thursday, 7/15, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes. Chat with Amy of Bighorn Institute at start of hike.


Monday, 7/12, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 5 minutes. Hot and humid.


Sunday, 7/11, Ride 10.8 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 7/10, Ride 8.6 miles

Downtown loop taking 36 minutes.


Friday, 7/9, Ride 10 miles

Canyon Corridor loop taking 40 minutes.


Thursday, 7/8, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Warm and humid.


Wednesday, 7/7, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 7/5, Ride 10.3 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 7/3, Ride 15.7 miles

Tollgate/city loop taking 62 minutes.


Wednesday, 6/30, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon taking 1 hour.


Monday, 6/28, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 6/27, Ride 10.4 miles

City loop taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 6/26, Ride 11.6 miles

City loop taking 46 minutes.


Friday, 6/25, Ride 10.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Wednesday, 6/23, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 22 minutes. Overcast with some very light sprinkles.


Monday, 6/21, Devil's Slide

Hike Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction taking 62 minutes up and 50 minutes down. Hike down with Jon.


Saturday, 6/19, Ride 12.2 miles

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Thursday, 6/17, Garstin lollipop

Hike early morning Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Monday, 6/14, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes. Pretty warm.


Sunday, 6/13, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 43 minutes.


Saturday, 6/12, Ride 10 miles

City loop taking 40 minutes.


Thursday, 6/10, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque taking 1 hour.


Tuesday-Wednesday, 6/8-9, Anza-Borrego overnight

Quick Anza-Borrego overnight trip. Depart house a bit after 4p. Gas $4.15 at Mecca AM/PM. Arrive Truckhaven site 5:15p, 93°. Some high clouds, light breeze, little hazy. Signal Mtn just barely visible. Drive 65 miles today. Nice quiet afternoon. Cup noodles for dinner. Sunset around 7:40p, 86°. Evening windy with some high clouds so no stargazing. Decided to sleep inside the Crosstrek. Worked out pretty well and no tent to mess with. Sunrise Wednesday 5:38a, 74°. Depart camp 6:50a. Drive through Ella Wash and Arroyo Salado. Home before 9a. 75 miles today.


Tuesday, 6/8, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Paramedics on-scene to help an older hiker down the trail.


Sunday, 6/6, Ride 21.5 miles - Track

Ventura Beach ride taking 1 hour 38 minutes.


Thursday, 6/3, Fuller Ridge

Hike Fuller Ridge to Castle Rocks taking 1 hour 34 minutes. Visit with Jon at tower after.


Tuesday, 6/1, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Monday, 5/31, Ride 12.3 miles

City loop taking 51 minutes.


Sunday, 5/30, Ride 9 miles

City loop taking 35 minutes.


Saturday, 5/29, Ride 9.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 37 minutes.


Thursday, 5/27, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken. Bit warm.


Monday, 5/24, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. First time i've seen no other cars parked at trailhead. There were a few after hike.


Sunday, 5/23, Ride 12.2 miles

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Friday, 5/21, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Araby Pt taking 55 minutes. Cool and breezy.


Wednesday, 5/19

Sunrise 6a, 52°. Ride park road north out-and-back. 18.12 miles taking 1 hour 25 minutes. (Track) Neighbors are packing up and arguing about everything. Sit around for a while enjoying the quiet. Depart at 10:40p. Nice trip.


Tuesday, 5/18

Joshua Tree overnight trip. Depart house 12:20p, 614 odo. Arrive Cottonwood campground 1:45p, 54 miles. Site B29 in upper loop. 92° at 2p with light breeze. Nice in the shade. Nice to be back at Cottonwood. Last time camping here was 2013! Someone left their $25 camping fee envelope in the pamphlet box next to the toilet building. I put it in the collection box. Had a pot edible. Feel nothing. Short 3.5 mile ride. Took some firewood from a vacant campsite but didn't have a fire after all. Crosstrek works well for camping. Interesting young couple in site next to me. They talk loudly, don't seem to get along, and drive a Camaro. Unusual for campers. Sunset 7:25p, 79°. Mac and cheese for dinner. Only 8 sites occupied on upper loop. Somewhat noisy group in lower loop but at least no music. Drank a lot of beer and ate a psilocybin chocolate. Went to sleep early and slept very well.


Tuesday, 5/18, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Sunday, 5/16, Ride 12 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 50 minutes.


Saturday, 5/15, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Friday, 5/14, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Thursday, 5/13, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Monday, 5/10, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 5/9, Ride 9.8 miles

Downtown loop taking 40 minutes.


Friday, 5/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Thursday, 5/6, Joshua Tree day trip

Day trip driving through JT in new Crosstrek. Nice day and i like the Subaru very much.


Monday, 5/3, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour.


Sunday, 5/2, Ride 10.6 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 5/1, Ride 13.4 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 57 minutes.


Friday, 4/30, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Thursday, 4/29, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/28, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque.


Monday, 4/26, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon.


Sunday, 4/25, Ride 10.8 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Friday, 4/23, Ride 11.7 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 4/20, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Monday, 4/19, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Thursday, 4/15, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Monday, 4/12, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque.


Sunday, 4/11, Ride 8.9 miles

City loop taking 38 minutes.


Friday, 4/9, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop with Kai.


Wednesday, 4/7, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 4/5, Rimrocks to Araby

Hike Rimrocks to Araby with David Lahti taking 1 hour 50 minutes.


Sunday, 4/4, Ride 10.6 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 4/3, Ride 11.6 miles

City loop taking 46 minutes.


Thursday, 4/1, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken and a bit up Skyline taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/30, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 3/29, Shannon trail

Short Shannon hike then back via wash taking 1 hour.


Friday, 3/26, Ride 12.3 miles

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 48 minutes.


Wednesday, 3/24, Hike Garstin

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Tuesday, 3/23, Cloud time-lapse

Some nice clouds this afternoon. Check out this time-lapse i shot.


Monday, 3/22, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Lots of spring-breakers. Cleaned up a VERY fresh toilet paper mess coming down Lykken that was NOT there on my way up so i must have passed by the perpetrator on trail. Made me gag a little. Sorry, no photo.


Saturday, 3/20, Ride 10.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 3/19, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Thursday, 3/18, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Monday, 3/15, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to second crossing taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Sunday, 3/14, Ride 10.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Saturday, 3/13, Ride 10.3 miles

City loop taking 41 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/9, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken. Chat with Scott.


Monday, 3/8, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Flood control survey party working along the dike.


Sunday, 3/7, Ride 8.2 miles

Canyon Corridor loop taking 32 minutes.


Saturday, 3/6, Ride 13.6 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 57 minutes.


Friday, 3/5, Hike Garstin

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn. Nice day but lots of people on trail. Plus two women with three dogs between them off-leash. they walked by, and ignored, at least three dog closure signs. What's wrong with people?


Monday, 3/1, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 2/28, Ride 10.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Friday, 2/26, Ride 6.2 miles

Short loop taking 24 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/24, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque taking 1 hour.


Monday, 2/22, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Beautiful bright clear morning.


Sunday, 2/21, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes.


Saturday, 2/20, Ride 10.8 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Thursday, 2/18, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Tuesday, 2/16, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 2/15, Ride 12 miles

Andreas Hills loop taking 46 minutes.


Saturday, 2/13, Ride 10 miles

Downtown/airport loop taking 40 minutes.


Friday, 2/12, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/10, Garstin to Shannon

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn then down via Shannon taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Monday, 2/8, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Saturday, 2/6, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Thursday, 2/4, Hike Garstin

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn. Breezy.


Tuesday, 2/2, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 1/31, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes.


Saturday, 1/30, Ride 11.8 miles

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Thursday, 1/28, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque.


Tuesday, 1/26, Rimrocks loop

Hike short Rimrocks loop.


Saturday, 1/23, Ride 13 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 55 minutes. Chilly 45°.


Thursday, 1/21, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/19, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Cool and breezy.


Sunday, 1/17, Ride 12.5 miles

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Saturday, 1/16, Ride 10.6 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Friday, 1/15, Desert day trip

I10 to Red Cloud Mine exit. Visit Hayfield petroglyph site. My first time here. Continue east to Eagle Mtn road and back to I10. Drive back on I10 to Cottonwood Canyon exit. Cottonwood campground closed. (Sign says it's reservation only now. News to me.) Stop along aqueduct road just outside of park for sardine lunch and to enjoy the view. Nice bright warm sunny day but a bit breezy. Lots of campers around on BLM land as is upcoming MLK holiday weekend. Back home by 2p. 160 miles for the day.


Wednesday, 1/13, Rimrocks to Araby

Hike Rimrocks to Araby taking 1 hour 40 minutes then walk home from TH for a total time of 2 hours.


Tuesday, 1/12, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 1/10, South Lykken through hike

South Lykken through hike with Kai taking 1 hour 55 minutes van to jeep. Chat with Ellen. Perfect day.


Saturday, 1/9, Ride 10.8 miles

City loop taking 43 minutes.


Thursday, 1/7, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Monday, 1/4, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 1/3, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon with Kai.


Friday, 1/1, Ride 11.8 miles

New Year's Day city loop taking 47 minutes. Breezy.



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