Reunions with Friends – Day 59: 10500′ Foot Tent Site to Lone Pine

PCT miles: 735.1 to 745.3 + 2ish miles on Trail Pass Miles: 12ish In my dream I see my mother. We are in the kitchen and she is cooking and I am washing dishes but she’s talking to someone like I’m not there. “Colleen needs to go back to the trail,” she’s saying. “What isContinue reading “Reunions with Friends – Day 59: 10500′ Foot Tent Site to Lone Pine”

Fire on the Mountain – Day 60 + 61: Zeroing in Lone Pine

Time off in Lone Pine was the usual – food, resupply, naps. I got my first real intense wave of hiker hunger and no matter how much I ate my brain wanted more.  The road to Bishop after Kearsarge Pass is currently closed – that’s our next resupply after this Sierra stretch. The group I’mContinue reading “Fire on the Mountain – Day 60 + 61: Zeroing in Lone Pine”

Getting High – Day 58: Cow Creek Tentsite to 10500′ Tentsite

PCT miles: 719.2 to 735.1 Miles: 15.9 I wake and am on the trail by 6:20. It is still strange to me that in this group I am the earliest riser. I only get a mile or so before my body makes me stop and eat breakfast, half a Biscuits and Gravy Mountain House thatContinue reading “Getting High – Day 58: Cow Creek Tentsite to 10500′ Tentsite”

Building a Sierra Tramily – Day 57: Kennedy Meadows Campground to Cow Creek Tentsite

PCT miles: 704.6 to 719.2 Miles: 14.6 I’m the first one of the group on trail at 6am – it sounds like they tend to start between 7 and 730, but I’m slow and afraid they’ll get far ahead and I also prefer the cool morning hours. I wish I was brave enough to getContinue reading “Building a Sierra Tramily – Day 57: Kennedy Meadows Campground to Cow Creek Tentsite”

Nero at Kennedy Meadows – Day 56: Kennedy Meadows General Store to Kennedy Meadows Campground 

PCT miles: 702 to 704 Miles: 2 I woke up and tried to get my blogs posted while fewer people were on the wifi. Legend was in the parking lot pouring coffee so I chatted with him and some hikers and then Legend drove us down the street to Grumpy Bear’s for breakfast. Grumpy Bear’sContinue reading “Nero at Kennedy Meadows – Day 56: Kennedy Meadows General Store to Kennedy Meadows Campground “

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”

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”

Day 50, 51, 52: Off Trail Recovering, Happy Birthday to Me

(Internet isn’t strong enough for photos, will try to update later, although there aren’t many.)  Saturday Mark, Mark’s sister and mom, and I go to breakfast in Lake Isabella. Whoopie and Harvest finish up their plans to get to Bakersfield while we’re gone. My head pounds from dehydration and lack of food. At breakfast IContinue reading “Day 50, 51, 52: Off Trail Recovering, Happy Birthday to Me”

Day 50, 51, 52: Off Trail Recovering, Happy Birthday to Me

(Internet isn’t strong enough for photos, will try to update later, although there aren’t many.)  Saturday Mark, Mark’s sister and mom, and I go to breakfast in Lake Isabella. Whoopie and Harvest finish up their plans to get to Bakersfield while we’re gone. My head pounds from dehydration and lack of food. At breakfast IContinue reading “Day 50, 51, 52: Off Trail Recovering, Happy Birthday to Me”

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”