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We're almost back at the minivan when we pass one last Desert four o'clock blooming in the sunset Heather pauses to look at another one of the giant joshua trees along Teutonia Peak TrailThumbnailsTeutonia Peak Trail, Mojave National Preserve, elevation gainHeather pauses to look at another one of the giant joshua trees along Teutonia Peak TrailThumbnailsTeutonia Peak Trail, Mojave National Preserve, elevation gainHeather pauses to look at another one of the giant joshua trees along Teutonia Peak TrailThumbnailsTeutonia Peak Trail, Mojave National Preserve, elevation gainHeather pauses to look at another one of the giant joshua trees along Teutonia Peak TrailThumbnailsTeutonia Peak Trail, Mojave National Preserve, elevation gainHeather pauses to look at another one of the giant joshua trees along Teutonia Peak TrailThumbnailsTeutonia Peak Trail, Mojave National Preserve, elevation gain

Sarah and Heather, thanks for takinq me along on this hike, it has been great! We drive back to Mid Hills campground on the washboarded roads and all settle in for our final evening there. Supper is Mountain House Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Rice, yummy.

We had a good, scenic hike, but it wasn't even 4 miles, so I'm not physically tired for a change. I'll appreciate that when I pack up and leave tomorrow.

The strong winds have moved on, so it's incredibly still and quiet here tonight. I love the desert when it's like that.

I hear some noise by my tent just before going to sleep, probably a kangaroo rat or a jackrabbit... The heavy chill of recent nights is absent, so my sweater and long underwear in the sleeping bag almost feel too warm.