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He did it!  Byron Cook, my coworker and hiking buddy, completed the infamous Cactus to Clouds hike on Saturday, May 19, 2012.  But here is the twist.  Instead of going back down to the tram he went back to the Humber Park trailhead in Idyllwild.  The plan was for me to meet him and his friends at San Jacinto Peak and then he and I would go back to Humber Park together.  That was the plan, but it didn’t happen that way.  Byron started at 4 a.m. while I picked up my friend Shana at 5:30 a.m. in San Diego.  By 8:11, Shana and I were on the Devil’s Slide Trail.  I calculated that we would reach the peak around 12:30 pm and Byron would get there around 1 pm.  We took our time getting to the peak knowing that we would get there before him.  The trails were crowded that day as the weather conditions were perfect.  And in the second time of my hiking career we were stopped at Saddle Junction by a volunteer who was checking for permits.  Luckily, we had ours.  We took a short break at the junction and then continued on.  I was carrying a lot of weight this time as I had lots of water and a special treat for Byron and Co. (Starbucks espresso shots).  The hike, as always, was gorgeous.  I never tire of coming here, as it has a special place in my heart.  We took another break at Wellman’s Saddle.  One meets a lot more hikers here as this is the approach from the tram station.  After our break, we continued on.  Shana took her time as she had a few nasty blisters on her feet.  Finally, I got to the peak around 12:30 p.m.  The place was packed!  I had never seen so many people at the top in my life!  I searched for Byron and Starla, but I didn’t see them.  Shana and I were there for quite a while until finally we saw Starla approaching the peak a little after 2:15 pm.  She made it!  She informed me that Byron was at least an hour behind her.  After taking the obligatory pictures, Shana and I decided to hike back down with Starla and we would eventually meet Byron.  Sure enough, we saw him.  He looked tired but determined to make it to the peak.  I told him that we would wait for him back at Humber Park.  As he continued on to his destination, we hiked back down with Starla.  At Wellman’s Divide we said our goodbyes and I gave her another espresso shot for her drive to San Diego.  Shana and I and another group of hikers continued on to Humber Park.  Well, later that Saturday evening we saw Byron coming down the trail into the Humber Park parking lot.  Yes, he did it.  I was hoping to do an interview with him but he declined and used the word “miserable.”  Saturday evening at dinner and Sunday morning he was still walking and carrying on great conversations.  Congratulations, Byron.

One of my favorite views in southern California

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