The first week was an eye opener. It was my first time hiking in the low desert and experiencing heatwaves well over 100 degrees. I am not an expert at identifying plants, but I’m no beginner, either. Hiking in the California desert, I was exposed to plants I had never seen before. It was a totally alien landscape to me. Manzanita tree? Never heard of it. I asked other hikers who were from California about some of the trees, but it wasn’t until reaching Agua Dulce, where the Vasquez Rocks Natural Park there had identification signs that I really got to know the flora of the area.
This section covers the journey to San Diego and the Mexico border near Campo, CA through the dry, hot desert 180 miles to Idyllwild, CA where I took a day off to attend a beer festival.