We left San Diego for Anza-Borrego on Friday evening about 7:30pm, about two hours after I got home from work, which was the fastest I could go. Yes, we knew that it would be dark when we got there, but we didn’t care; we had a plan, and we were going to squeeze in two nights of camping no matter what.
Our plan was to spend Saturday exploring Cougar Canyon, the mouth of which was about five miles from the nearest spot that we could drive our car. That pretty much made it mandatory that we backpack the entire five miles on Friday night, camp that night, explore the canyon all the next day, sleep in the same campsite again, then backpack out on Sunday morning. And that’s what we did.
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