And Then the Desert Was Over – Day 55: Fox Mill Creek to Kennedy Meadows

PCT Miles: 683.1 to 702.2 (+.7 to the general store) I have intentions of getting up at first light and setting out, but it’s chilly which makes me slow. Instead Nobody and I head out around 6. We have 19-something miles to cover to get to Kennedy Meadows today and it feels like it’s goingContinue reading “And Then the Desert Was Over – Day 55: Fox Mill Creek to Kennedy Meadows”

Seeking a Sierra Trail Family – Day 54: Spanish Needle Creek to Fox Mill Spring

PCT Miles: 668.7 to 683.1 Miles: 14.4 I wake up this morning and don’t want to get up at all. My motivation is still missing. I look at the map and decide to hike 14.7 miles today, which will let me camp by water, and will only leave me with 18 or 19 miles toContinue reading “Seeking a Sierra Trail Family – Day 54: Spanish Needle Creek to Fox Mill Spring”

Post-Family Blues – Day 53: Walker Pass to Spanish Needle Creek

PCT Miles: 652.1 to 668.7 Miles: 16.7 My stomach has one last hurrah in the hotel toilet. At least I hope that’s the last of it. Mark drops me off at the trailhead at 7:30 and it is so very, very hard to let him go. My body feels rested and strong but tired. TheContinue reading “Post-Family Blues – Day 53: Walker Pass to Spanish Needle Creek”

Return of the Bad Stomach – Day 48: Windy Campsite to Shaded Meadow

PCT Miles: 571.0 to 592.0 Miles: 21 I wake up really hungry and tired. But – hungry! I feel as if my stomach is better because my appetite is back and I’m pleased. I eat a muffin in my tent and get hiking. I take several breaks for mini naps and more food. I stopContinue reading “Return of the Bad Stomach – Day 48: Windy Campsite to Shaded Meadow”

First Slackpacking of the Trail – Day 47: Tehachapi to Windy Mountain Campsite

Pct miles: 558 to 570.8 Miles: 12.8 I wake up and manage to eat some continental breakfast and while everyone is still in bed I do our laundry. We slowly get our packs together for checkout, and then I drop mine off at Rachel and Mousetrap’s room and head back to the grocery store. IContinue reading “First Slackpacking of the Trail – Day 47: Tehachapi to Windy Mountain Campsite”

Will Hike For McDonald’s – Day 28: Silver Wood Lake Campground to Swarthout Canyon

PCT miles: 328 to 347 Miles: 19 Well, I didn’t get eaten by a mountain lion. I did have a dream that I heard something outside my tent which led to a mountain lion pawing at my tent near my back. I couldn’t scream and as I tried to get myself to make noise inContinue reading “Will Hike For McDonald’s – Day 28: Silver Wood Lake Campground to Swarthout Canyon”

Hot Hot Heat – Day 11: Agua Caliente to just past Mike’s Place 

Snakes: 1 Rattlesnakes: 0 Miles: 14 PCT miles: 115 to 129 We didn’t get up as early as we would have liked. We got walking around 630 or 7. It was already hot at 8am. I had planned to try to push out as many miles as I could in the morning and then restContinue reading “Hot Hot Heat – Day 11: Agua Caliente to just past Mike’s Place “

Thoughts While Walking  – Day 10: Warner Springs to Agua Caliente Creekside Campsite

PCT miles: 109 to 115 Snakes: 0 Tears: 1 Today I was sitting with a group of thruhikers and we exchanged a few niceties and then we almost immediately started talking about poop. I’m starting to think that we need a kind of Godwin’s law (Godwin’s law is that any conversation on the internet willContinue reading “Thoughts While Walking  – Day 10: Warner Springs to Agua Caliente Creekside Campsite”

Day 1: Campo to Hauser Creek

Miles: 15.4 Cries: 2 Snakes: 0 (1?) Woke up at 330am and laid in bed feeling surges of adrenaline about starting today. I cried a little thinking about how much I wish my mom were able to be there to send me off, that I would so love one of her hugs. Got up, gotContinue reading “Day 1: Campo to Hauser Creek”