Boy have I been fooled and spoiled by our marine layer. Socked in every day, living in perpetual shade fooled me into thinking that I could drive to the top of Ortega Highway and run along Los Pinos Trail (and during the afternoon no less!). Ummm, I practically stroked out. Seriously, in the most beautiful, idyllic scenery, nausea set in, a familiar feeling I’ve experienced from heat sickness. I needed to rest often, and wanted to collapse to the ground for a better rest, and probably would have if I wasn’t on such a remote trail.
Well, with that said, it was a beautiful run (kinda run, mostly hike), and just a mere six miles, I did survive. I even smiled often and posted “guess this trail” pictures to Facebook. And as an added bonus point, I got a good ass-kicking on a terribly technical trail. Kept myself upright the entire time. Best of all, thank God, “Lordly, Lordy had mercy on me.”