I heard my hiking partner Savanna moving about around 5am, an early morning it was going to be for me! Up until this point I thought that a 6:30 am wake-up was pushing it. Waking up early in the desert is a smart thing, to put in big miles before the sun hits its peak temperature . . which is roughly from 1 pm – 4 pm. Savanna and I hiked high up into the Gorgonio Mountains, steadily rising up towards the Big Bear area. We took a mid-day break under a large oak tree, providing shade for a dozen or so hikers. Instead of staying there, we decided to move on, to climb a few thousand feet in the extremely hot days sun. It seems as though with each passing day I become a much more knowledgeable hiker, not necessarily learning of what to do, but learning what not to do. Hiking a few thousand feet in one hundred degree weather is something you SHOULD NOT DO.