I have always held it a crime to anticipate evils. I will believe it a good comfortable road until I am compelled to believe differently. –from the journal of Meriwether Lewis
March 30, 2015 Lower Tuber Canyon to Darwin Canyon Wash 24 miles on mostly flat in the heat (106 degrees)
I question my sanity after today.
Who hikes in 106 degree weather? It is just not natural.
In my defense, this trip was planned at this time BECAUSE temps historically average in the 80’s. Who knew that this very week would break the heat records of all time in California?
My umbrella was my best friend today and saved me from exposure and heat exhaustion. It IS that good.
With a pre-dawn start and long, brushy, and rocky Tuber Canyon behind, the water cache at Miretta road was a welcome self-created oasis. Heaven.
Dan and I made tea, rested, drank about 4 liters of water, and ate last night’s dinner (we were afraid to use our precious water for cooking last night). More heaven.
As we crossed Panamint Valley, fighter jets from a near-by military base flew overhead. I am sure the chrome domes are quite puzzling and cheery from the air!
We reached Panamint Spring Resort in the early afternoon, picked up our resupply from the store, ate burgers and fries, then showered at the campground. We rinsed our clothes out, put them on wet and the heat dried them in like 2 minutes.
We are camped in Darwin Canyon wash below beautiful Darwin Falls. My feet are swollen and red from heat rash and various other places as well. Now that is just special. Really, it is not natural to don a backpack in this kind of weather.
I am thankful for a gentle cool breeze.
What We Did or Wish We Did:
-Bring an umbrella. Period.
-Food at the cafe in Panamint was delicious.
-Don’t count on the WiFi at the resort. It doesn’t work.
-Loved camping in Darwin Canyon.