May 10: After our big mileage day out of Big Bear, we continued to descend in elevation along with an increase in temperature. Back down into the desert!
We stopped for a break next to a river by a brige, and ran into Doc, a section hiker who had given us a ride into Big Bear. Then we walked along the ridge of a canyon looking down into Deep Creek from above.
And finally, we came to the big destination of the day: Deep Creek Hot Springs! Nothing is better after a day of hiking in the desert sun than a swim in a cold swimming hole and a soak in the hot springs. It's not a far hike from a roadside trailhead and a favorite amongst locals. It's also clothing optional. So lots of old hippies.
(Isn't that always the way? The people who opt out of the clothing are never the ones you WANT to see taking that option. The guy who plays Thor in The Avengers? Fully covered. The guy who resembles Jabba the Hut from Star Wars? Opts out. Blah.)
You're welcome for taking it from so far away!
Lauren taking a little siesta post soak.
After a nice, long, break, we decide to head out and set up camp. And I learned a valuable lesson: if you ever utter he phrase "Oh, I'm dry ENOUGH to hike" (or run, dance, etc) remember that there are two and only two categories of wetness: sopping wet or bone dry. Damp does not exist! I have he still-healing underwear shaped chafing rash to prove it! (You're welcome for not taking pictures of that!)
Our first choice for camping, by the Rainbow Bridge had less-than-ideal spots, so we continued on another 5 miles or so to the spillover area of the Mojave River Forks Dam. We found a nice little spot near the river and once again met up with Doc and met Zack, who used to live quite close to Lauren in Austin! Great day!
Peace, love, and trail magic!