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First off, bless you for not knowing a lick about movies. The thought of you always trying to second guess me is a nightmare even Freddie Kruger couldn't survive. It's been a pleasure batting for the same team. (God forbid you should have come to one of the Reader Christmas parties so I could have told you this in person!) Your coverage of the Filner fiasco was the best this town had to offer. Here's hoping #3's the charm and that you'll be back batting out columns in no time. Thanks, Don!
The list of things that are terrible about The Lone Ranger is long. Reading a complete version might take longer than the film itself (a murderous 2 hours and 20 minutes). It might also be ...
Without making any judgement about this activity, I can say that the group seems to be doing whatever it it doing in the most difficult way imaginable. It starts off by gathering at 8 am in town on a very hot summer day. After 9 am Arellano addresses the crowd and speaks for thirty minutes or more. More speech making by others follows. Then it is time to get organized into groups and begin the hour-and-a-half drive to the East County desert.
Anybody keeping track of the time now? By the time they arrive it must be noon or later. And they start the trek in 100+ degree temperatures and with no shade at all. The hike takes a long time. Finally they return to their vehicles and drive back west into San Diego.
To me this all sounds insane. If you want to hike in the desert, whatever your reason, and it is summer, you would do it during the coolest (that's a relative term there) part of the day when you can see to hike. The starting time for the hike would best be about a half-hour prior to sunrise, just when there is enough light to see the way. So, why the late start and speech-making? Will those volunteers just not participate if it involves getting up in the wee hours of the morning to drive out to the trailhead? Is all the rah-rah and speech making before the trek really necessary? Could they get organized the evening before the trek?
Given the misery described by the author, I"d venture that she was fortunate to avoid heatstroke. While a goodly number of participants would seem to say otherwise, this whole thing looks profoundly disorganized and ill-timed.