2 coasts ... 1 HOPE

On January 6th 2009, I will be flying out to LA and walking back to Boston, raising money for cancer research. The route I'm taking should take 5 months and cover roughly 3,800 miles. We will be filming the entire trip for an upcoming documentary.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The "doc" crew and yoU2

We decided to take day 9 off, for recovery and logistical reasons. When we started all the planning I got ahead of myself on how far I could go everyday. As you all know, I've been handed a lesson on that. We stayed in Blythe, CA on Thursday night which was a two hour drive from where I ended off. So a day off and a relaxing drive back was the best plan. This is what I see as we drive

I do have a side window as well.

Any way, we got to Joshua Tree and set up camp rather quickly. Then I walked up a mountain to see the view. And I wasn't disappointed.

I went back and Carl snapped this picture in my trek light gear hammock.

This is where it gets silly. It was a little cold once the sun went down but by 7 o'clock it was really cold and it just got colder. Carl slept in the van, while Eric and Steve tried to stay warm in my 2 tents. Needless to say it didn't work well. I went to use the restroom at around 11....

That's my Lippi Selk bag with arms and legs so I could walk around camp and stay warm.

Well we all survived and some of us actually got some sleep. Sorry, Steve. This was my stay warm in the hammock plan...

It, as well as some longjohns, did the job.

Joshua Tree is a beautiful place. At night there most have been a million stars in the sky, it was so clear and quite. Glad we went even with the cold.

Day 9 total miles: 0
Jesse Walks America total: 145.3
Poll total: 41.3

The following clip from Entourage contains language and people tripping on mushrooms, but I couldn't help thinking about it while in Joshua Tree.


Florian said...

Hammocks are cold. And i think the park service rather frowns on hanging from the joshua trees. You have some open desert to cross in the upcoming days. I'll be in touch.

Anonymous said...

Good point about the park service. Didn't even think about that. Learn something new everyday on this adventure.