I made it to Idyllwild. The terrain is now a brief preview of things to come: mountains! Today the trail was up to 8500' with the first sighting of and then first crossing of snow. Tomorrow I'm taking the day to do town errands and let some sore muscles and blisters heal (and to eat lots, of course.) Tuesday on over San Jacinto (10,200') and then back to the desert for a while.
I'll keep this short since I'm typing on a phone. Perhaps more tomorrow.