Day 16, 20 miles
A few hikers quit the trail completely in Big bear. They mostly had foot issues, bad knees, one guy had a terrible rash from a highly toxic plant called poodle dog bush. He is coming back to the trail when he recovers. His trail name is Poodle Dog. He will never have to explain it.
On the trail today, I saw a different type of rattlesnake. He was faster and more aggressive than the first sleepy one I met a week back. I also saw 2 fat quails, a raven, gray dove like birds with white tipped tails and of course, lots of lizards.