Day 56: A Whirlwind Day

May 16, 2018 730.8-745.3 I woke while it was still dark (as usual) and went to retrieve my food bag from its tree and, lo and behold, there was my headlamp! I must have put it in my food bag on accident in my haste to put things away before crawling into the warmth ofContinue reading “Day 56: A Whirlwind Day”

Day 55: The Case of the Missing Headlamp

May 15, 2018 712.6-730.8 We were camped at 8,000 ft elevation and the next morning we all had a thin layer of ice covering our tents. My quilt got a lot wetter than it ever has before due to all the condensation my warm body was creating inside my little tent. When I took theContinue reading “Day 55: The Case of the Missing Headlamp”

Day 54: Our First Steps in the Sierra

May 14, 2018 700.4-712.6 I woke around 3:00am to a strange sound that was muffled by my earplugs, so I took them out. Coyotes! They were howling and yipping back and forth to each other somewhere not very far from Grumpy Bears. I lay there listening for quite some, awed by the beautiful sound untilContinue reading “Day 54: Our First Steps in the Sierra”

Day 53: Kennedy Meadows at Last!

May 13, 2018 684-700.4 The next day, I put in my earbuds and happily blasted music into my ears as I climbed up and over an unnamed pass. The trail was well maintained and open, and the sky was overcast, so I made good time in the moderate heat. At one point my trekking poleContinue reading “Day 53: Kennedy Meadows at Last!”

Day 52: My First Night Camping Alone

May 12, 2018 668.7-685 My hiking family and I were kind of spread out yesterday, with everyone fairly wrapped up in their own thoughts. I was okay with that. Because I knew the plan for the next couple of days, I was determined to hike at my own pace. My feet were feeling good andContinue reading “Day 52: My First Night Camping Alone”

Day 51: Leaving Ridgecrest

May 11, 2018 652.1-668.7 The next morning we took a bus back to Walker Pass. We saw Alias and several other hikers waiting at the trailhead to take the bus back into town. We were a little shocked by the cold that hit us as we stepped off the bus. Our days in Ridgecrest wereContinue reading “Day 51: Leaving Ridgecrest”

Day 50: The First Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology

May 10, 2018 00.0 That zero day was a strange one. Ever since the night before I’d been irritable and pissy, particularly with Ghosthiker, and not for any good reasons. It just seemed like everything she said was triggering me terribly. When we went to Walmart that afternoon I told them if they finished beforeContinue reading “Day 50: The First Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology”

Day 49: A Poolside View

May 9, 2018 643.8-652.1 Last night I was exhausted and fell asleep long before dark, so by 3am my body was done sleeping. I lay there looking at the stars and listening to the wind overhead that never rustled my tent and drifted in and out of sleep until about 4:15, at which point IContinue reading “Day 49: A Poolside View”

Day 48: Seeing Some Old, Familiar Faces

May 8, 2018 623.5-643.8 Even though I slept heavily the night before, I was really dragging my feet all morning. I couldn’t seem to muster the energy I needed to move at what has become my normal pace. It took me 3.5 hrs to go 7.4 miles to the water source! That’s only about 2Continue reading “Day 48: Seeing Some Old, Familiar Faces”

Day 47: JK, we’re still in the desert, ya’ll

May 7, 2018 602-623.5 Did I mention that early morning is my favorite part of the day to hike? There’s something magical about a world just waking up and bursting to life from the stillness of the night in a way that the modern, settled world just can’t capture. That morning we managed to hikeContinue reading “Day 47: JK, we’re still in the desert, ya’ll”