A long time ago, Tone and I met WLD at Joshua Tree. He told us about a Yahoo group of hikers who do trips. Once I got home I signed up, but didn't do anything besides occasionally read trip reports. Tone took to it much more and went on a lot of trips. He organized a trip to Mojave National Preserve and invited me. Since I love that park and hadn't gone anywhere in a while, I decided to go.
Since Danielle and I spent Christmas apart, we felt the need to do something together before the end of her Christmas break. So on Thursday, January 1, 2004 we drove out to Mojave National Preserve. On the way there, we stopped at Danielle's dad to drop off the rats so they would get adequately spoiled over the weekend. We made it to the park without any problems, and headed down Kelbaker Road.
For Danielle's fall break we wanted to explore the northwest. After a little research we found out that plane tickets to Seattle are expensive. But we could drive. But if we're driving anyway, we might as well go slow and enjoy it. So we decided upon a leisurely road trip up the Pacific Coast, going north from San Francisco. On Saturday August 9, 2003 we set off. We were pretty lazy in the morning so didn't leave until 10 or so.