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Amazing Adaptations - On the Pacific Crest Trail

The final 200 miles of the desert hiking are finally over! They included a 25 mile stretch of the Mojave Desert through several large windfarms that was some of the hottest and most difficult we’ve experienced. In order to avoid the heat we woke up at 1 in the morning and started hiking across the desert floor in the dark. Along the trail we saw lots of little eyes glowing in the light of our headlamps and realized that there were bouncing kangaroo rats. You can learn more about out fellow night hikers and the interesting pupfish below! Next week we’ll be reporting from the mountains of the High Sierra!

I would do anything for food... but I won’t eat that.

The days are getting longer and hotter here in the desert of southern California . But we are now almost finished with this part of the trail! This week we made it to the 500 mile mark!
Recently we’ve noticed lots more desert horned lizards. They are so well camouflaged that you can’t see them until they move out of the way! One hiker picked one of them up and learned all about the lizard’s interesting way of defending itself. Learn more below! Hiking in the evenings is a good way to avoid the heat. It’s also a good time to spot coyotes. We have been lucky enough to see two of them this week! One more week in the desert to go. Wish us luck!

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