Day 96: 1000 Miles!

June 25, 2018 989-1006 It’s amazing how differently some people see their circumstances. Couch Potato looked at the fact that he was coming up on being on the PCT for 100 days and was incredibly discouraged by his lack of progress. River looked at her same situation a few days ago and found a renewedContinue reading “Day 96: 1000 Miles!”

Day 92: Touring Yosemite

June 21, 2018 00.0 For the last several days I’d had an obnoxious itch between my shoulder blades. There was no rash or bug bites or anything and it seemed to come and go randomly, so I didn’t know what was going on. I chose to ignore it.  I slept terribly that night despite beingContinue reading “Day 92: Touring Yosemite”

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 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 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”

Day 79: Our First (and only) Bear Sighting!

June 8, 2018 835.8-849.3 The next morning when I climbed out of my tent to fetch my bear can, there was no moon and the sun hadn’t even started to rise yet. The sky was crystal clear and the air surprisingly warm for how high up we were, which meant that the snow going overContinue reading “Day 79: Our First (and only) Bear Sighting!”

Day 78: The Second Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology

June 7, 2018 824.7-835.8 If there was a good day to accidentally sleep in, this was it. I completely slept through my alarm twice and woke up just before 5:00am, but that was okay because we didn’t have any serious mountains to climb that day. Don’t be deceived into thinking that means a relatively flat,Continue reading “Day 78: The Second Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology”