Day 18, 5/21, Big Buck Camp, M-424, 28mi

It feels like I covered a lot of ground today both geographically as well as mentally. It seems like ages ago I left the funky little ski lodge this morning.

This is the sign at the ski lodge entrance. I hear they have a Facebook page if you want to check them out.

This is one of the signs that Dan our host put up to let hikers know they should stop by.

Another Milestone… 25+ miles per day they come pretty quick!

This was a fantastic late afternoon oasis…the backside of the Mill Creek wildland fire station.
Shade, water, picnic tables and power outlets. There must have been 10+ hikers there at one point.

The mountain desert view.

A great sunset from my campsite…

…and it gets better!
I even had phone signal in my tent 🙂

Day 17, 5/20, Buckhorn Ski Club, M-394, 25mi

A busy day on the trail…being that it’s Saturday and less than an hour from LA there were a lot of day trippers, weekenders and scout groups.

I’ve made a pretty good dent so far but 2277 miles to go is definitely an overwhelming number!

Luckily, someone recently mowed the trail 😉

On top of Mount Baden-Powell (~9500′)

Although difficult to see in this pic, the snow covered High Sierras are on the horizon. Facing the other direction I could easily see downtown LA and just about make out the ocean.

This is Jorge and his wife Marie who I chatted with while having lunch at a trailhead picnic table. Jorge did similar mileage to me today (25 miles) but he ran it in ~4 hours. Jorge was Ultra Runner of the Year in 2010.

A Buddy-Look-a-Like. His name is Spotty 🙂

These guys from LA offered me a nice cold 7-Up and a comfy chair while walking a short stretch along the road.

Home for the night was the Buckhorn Ski Club Lodge (more like a clubhouse). They literally flagged me down to make sure I knew I could stay there for the night.

The lift shack (a single rope toe).

Hanging out by the fire with our hosts Dan and Cooper the big puppy.