Day 90: So Many Mosquitoes!

June 19, 2018 909.0-926.1 I don’t know if my feet had become soft from 6 days off-trail or if my cork SOLE insoles had finally given up the ghost, but my feet were killing me as we went up and over Island Pass.  I had hoped to be able to conquer Donohue Pass that dayContinue reading “Day 90: So Many Mosquitoes!”

Day 88: Day 5 in Mammoth Lakes

June 17, 2018 00.0 It was Sunday morning and there would be no lab results at the hospital, so I had another zero day to do with as I pleased. The good news was that my symptoms had gone away as soon as the antibiotics kicked in a few days ago, so at least IContinue reading “Day 88: Day 5 in Mammoth Lakes”

Day 87: Day 4 in Mammoth Lakes

June 16, 2018 00.0 I awoke feeling very disoriented. It was Saturday and I had no real reason to get out of bed, so I lay there for a very long time listening to the gentle sleeping sounds of my roommates. It was very early, but I eventually crawled out of bed and went inContinue reading “Day 87: Day 4 in Mammoth Lakes”

Day 86: Day 3 in Mammoth Lakes

June 15, 2018 00.0 We went back to Stellar Brew for breakfast again, then packed up all our stuff to vacate the hotel room. We caught the trolley to the Village, which is an upscale little shopping area just outside of town and very near the hostel. Sparky and Ghosthiker waited for the next trolleyContinue reading “Day 86: Day 3 in Mammoth Lakes”

Day 85: Day 2 in Mammoth Lakes

June 14, 2018 00.0 Zero day in Mammoth Lakes! We grabbed coffee and breakfast at Stellar Brew, which was delicious. Went to Vons for some groceries to mail ahead and some toiletries – mainly a good razor and shaving cream. 10 days = scary hairy legs and underarms. I took a long time at VonsContinue reading “Day 85: Day 2 in Mammoth Lakes”

Day 84: Mammoth Lakes has a Fantastic Hospital

June 13, 2018 00.0 Despite my best efforts, I awoke early the next morning. It took me a few moments to recall where I was, and for a while I simply lay there, unable and unwilling to move. The bed felt so cushy and I felt so bone-weary. But I did eventually move, slowly. IContinue reading “Day 84: Mammoth Lakes has a Fantastic Hospital”

Day 83: 24.6 Miles

June 12, 2018 882.2 to Horseshoe Lakes Trailhead at 903.3, then 3.5 miles to Horseshoe Lake We went over Silver Pass today with very little trouble. Other hikers said they planned to hike all the way to Horseshoe Lake Trailhead to catch the last shuttle to Mammoth Lakes, which would leave the trailhead parking areaContinue reading “Day 83: 24.6 Miles”

Day 82: The Worst Dog Owner Ever

June 11, 2018 878.7-882.2 The next morning I slept in until 6:30am. The store was restocking the shelves that morning and I kicked myself for not waiting to resupply. Pickings had been slim the day before and now they had stuff that I needed most! Where/why had they been hiding it when the swarm ofContinue reading “Day 82: The Worst Dog Owner Ever”

Day 81: Vermillion Valley Resort

June 10, 2018 866.5-878.7 So cold. So very, very cold. One our way down the mountain we were walking gingerly to avoid slipping on the ice-covered rocks and roots. At one point, I put my foot down on a large, steep rock and just as I was thinking, “This is probably slippery-” my foot flewContinue reading “Day 81: Vermillion Valley Resort”

Day 80: Entering the John Muir Wilderness

June 9, 2018 849.3-866.5 It was bitterly cold when we hiked out the next morning and almost immediately we came to the trail that leads to the alternate crossing of Evolution Creek. According to Guthooks, the crossing along the PCT was waist-deep to someone my height. That’s pretty stinking deep!  The alternate was much moreContinue reading “Day 80: Entering the John Muir Wilderness”