Marina's dad, Leon, died yesterday. She made it back home in time to say goodbye to him first. Please keep the Brevdo family in your thoughts in these sad days.
I got the news yesterday and got lucky by finding a ride right when I hiked into Mt Laguna. An almost-full car of some really nice folks (Shrek, Condor, Freefall, and (not sure of this one) All or Nothing) heading back from ADZPCTKO to Oregon. They took me as far as the Ontario airport (somewhere in the LA basin) and I got on some planes overnight to JFK. Now I am about to take the train to Connecticut. The funeral is tomorrow. I'll figure out logistics of getting back to the trail later on; it will still be there.