I think this is the third straight year that I've embarked on this hike from Idyllwild to Palm Springs on my birthday. Although Abby really doesn't like hiking a whole lot, she joined me on my birthday hike. I think that says a lot about her character.
Oooh, pine cone! Abby says. So funny because we live where there are pine cones EVERYWHERE.
Overlooking Suicide Rock.
The ferns had all leafed out, the greenery was really pretty.
Willow Creek. We had several water crossings which really helped us deal with the heat. Wet bandanas feel really good.
Hidden Lake. A good sign that we're almost there.
Riding down the Palm Springs Tramway. A nice little reward after a 8.1-mile hike.