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Across California: Afton Canyon

This was the hottest day by far: 95 in the shade of Madeleine's mylar solar umbrella. We are near the mouth of Afton Canyon, having covered 12 straight-line miles according to my GPS, but over 33,000 steps on my pedometer. So we walked about 15 miles.

We crossed fields of desert dandelions during parts of the day as well as banks of sand verbena and desert marigolds. Just before noon, a group of 20 motorcyclists zoomed past in a cloud of dust on the Mojave four-wheel drive road. This is an "open area," so there are tracks of vehicles going every which way. But aside from the bikers I saw only three other vehicles at a distance.

Currently a Union Pacific freight is slowly ascending the grade into the canyon.

Dinner was a soup of cous-cous and a foil package of Indian fare.

-- Cal, 74, a member of the Sierra Club for 42 years, is trekking 530 miles to highlight the threatened natural corridors between the Colorado River and the Pacific Ocean. Cal sits on the Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter Board. He is blogging from a BlackBerry.

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