I left the Holtville Hot Springs BLM land this morning after saying goodbye to one old and 3 new friends from the RTR.
Being a nice day I decided to drive along CA98 through the Imperial Valley, just to the US side of the Mexican Border, with green vegetable fields to Calexico, CA.
I have never driven this route and it is more interesting than driving I8.
Beyond Calexico you drive west through the desert and to the foothills (picture above) where I met I8 and on my way over the mountains to my new destination of San Diego to visit with my west coast son and family for about a week.
Now in San Diego I see Pyle's Peak in the distance and make it my destination for a midday hike to help with my conditioning for my future backcountry hike now planned for March.
This is an excellent hike at 1 mile or longer based on where you park, and at least 800 foot elevation, but this also changes based on where you park.
My March hike is 10 miles with a 2000 decent on the way in and the hike out of the canyon up the 2000 foot elevation in the last 2 miles. I averaged about 2 mikes per hour going up the nearly 900 foot elevation. My March hike will be like twice that elevation over twice the distance, carrying a full pack.
My stay in San Diego will have some number of hikes along with ordering lightweight hiking equipment for the March hike.
Today I ordered a second pair of hikers I now use to ensure I have a backup and to allow me to have a spare. I estimate I have hiked about 200 miles on these shoes at home and since I've been on the road.
I will be helping my son son some projects around the house while I'm here, like I've done in the past. I enjoy keeping busy.