At church two days ago, we were casually discussing hiking San Gorgonio. That random conversation materialized into an actual trip today. We met up at 5:30 and drove together to the South Fork Trailhead. We decided to try a different route, since many of us had already done the Vivian Creek starting point. Just past South Fork Meadow, a ranger stopped us. Apparently, we needed permits even to dayhike. He was nice enough to allow us to go to Dry Lake. There, we had lunch, took a nap, and soaked in the scenery—meadow and lake in the foreground and San Gorgonio in the background. We made it back much earlier than originally expected.