We left the relatively cool and breezy Costa Mesa climate today and drove into the oven of the San Joaquin valley. We traveled through LA on the 405 and got stuck in the customary stop and go before climbing into the Angeles National Forest. The temps were hovering around 110 F as we crossed the 4100 hundred foot pass through the mountains. We decended into the vast valley that was a stark contrast to the crowded coastal urban environment. Distant hazy horizons sandwiched a sprawling vision of sparsely populated interstate towns, hive like strip mall truck stops, and stretching agricultural and fallow farmland bisected at times by the California Aquaduct. Hot, sweaty, and hungry we settled into a crisp cool air conditioned hotel room for some Taco Bell and a bath.