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Hiking by flashlight on the fan east of Kelso amidst small rocks and small cacti It's 17h and already dark; I'm not an early-riser (I wish I could be), so I really dislike the short days at this time of year!ThumbnailsHiking route to Rex Mine and West Edgar Canyon #3 from Cornfield Spring Road campsite, Mojave National PreserveIt's 17h and already dark; I'm not an early-riser (I wish I could be), so I really dislike the short days at this time of year!ThumbnailsHiking route to Rex Mine and West Edgar Canyon #3 from Cornfield Spring Road campsite, Mojave National PreserveIt's 17h and already dark; I'm not an early-riser (I wish I could be), so I really dislike the short days at this time of year!ThumbnailsHiking route to Rex Mine and West Edgar Canyon #3 from Cornfield Spring Road campsite, Mojave National PreserveIt's 17h and already dark; I'm not an early-riser (I wish I could be), so I really dislike the short days at this time of year!ThumbnailsHiking route to Rex Mine and West Edgar Canyon #3 from Cornfield Spring Road campsite, Mojave National PreserveIt's 17h and already dark; I'm not an early-riser (I wish I could be), so I really dislike the short days at this time of year!ThumbnailsHiking route to Rex Mine and West Edgar Canyon #3 from Cornfield Spring Road campsite, Mojave National Preserve

This petite cactus is a perfect example of something you do not want to bump into accidentally while hiking in the dark!

It's a quiet evening back at the tent, and I'm not hearing any of that unusually busy traffic from Kelbaker Road that I heard last night. It suddenly occurs to me that the extra traffic was due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Supper tonight is Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, plus some turkey jerky and cajun almonds as an appetizer.

Beautiful moonlight tonight. By 21h, it's really cooling off and I'm wearing two sweaters over my shirt, two pairs of long underwear, and two pairs of socks. Another night in the 30s!