/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Snow in the desert? Again?

written May 15, 2017 @ 12:53 AM after hiking 22.15 miles

2:37am

Pitter patter. Pitter patter.

Crap. It's raining.

With about a dozen hikers cowboy camping, a rainstorm at 2:37am is definitely not appreciated. And so began the scramble of everyone hurriedly setting up their tents before they got too wet.

Peanut, Slosh, and I were sleeping in our "peas in a pod" configuration (think enchiladas in a pan), so we just took Peanut's tarp and pulled it over us and called it good. Someone got a picture of it and dubbed it a "quesadilla" -- if I get it, I'll add it to this post. (Also, can you tell we think about food constantly?)

Around 5:30am, we finally gave up, hurriedly packed our gear, and started hiking. It didn't matter how poorly it was packed because we had a hotel waiting for us in the next town: Wrightwood.

And so began a beautiful, rainy, windy, and cold hike up 7,261 feet and down 3,457.

Pretty!

Around 11am, we were above the clouds (and weather) so we ate lunch until the freezing wind forced us to keep hiking.

Into the rain, which soon turned to snow.

Snow again?

Lots of snow.

Don't get lost.

Can't even have a birthday swim.

What these pictures don't show is the biting wind on the ridge when we were crossing through Mountain High. Brrr.

The other ski resorts will be open when we go through, oddly enough.

Snowy trees

Oh well, we eventually got to town, hitched a ride, and rounded out the night with some amazing sandwiches and beers at the Wrightwood brewery.

And a zero tomorrow. Yes!