I did something today I haven't done in well over a year. I woke up at 5am and drove out to Mt. Laguna to see the sun make its morning appearance over the Anza-Borrego Desert. This is probably my favorite spot and I stop nearly every time I'm on Sunrise Highway, even if it's mid-day; for me it's just that kind of place.
My original intent was to do a large loop of nearly 100 miles around our east county as I've done a handful of times but instead I just took a hike out Pedro Fages trail to where it descends into the desert at Oriflamme Canyon and sat for a while. It was cold in the shade and hot in the rising sun and eventually everything was in the mid-morning sun so I hiked back to the car and decided to head home vice making the large loop.