Day 90: Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer

Day 90: Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer

Mile 1997.9 to 1226.3 Our camp was perched precariously on the side of a forested mountain. Just off the zigzagging switchbacks on a ledge just wide enough for a sleeping pad. As I tossed and turned through a night of fitful sleep, I stared up at the trees towering...
Day 89: Trail Buddy

Day 89: Trail Buddy

Mile 1156 to 1184.7 Bedazzled and I awoke to the sounds of Highway 80 as we packed up our cowboy camp. The sun was still below the horizon and the trees stood tall waiting for the first light. We, however, had some walking to do and headed out of camp toward the...
Day 88: Hazed & Confused

Day 88: Hazed & Confused

Mile 1126.8 to 1156. The morning mist blushed orange under the sun’s first rays and the birds flitted between the trees. Mornings in NorCal are turning out to be not so bad. Photographically, it has been hard to find a view thay isn’t blocked, but the sun...
Day 87: Desolation Wilderness

Day 87: Desolation Wilderness

Mile 1099.2 to 1126.8 (with 1082 to 1099.2 include) We had a nice short stay in South Lake Tahoe. The trail in and out was mostly snow free and we made good time coming in and out. Unfortunately, the town was spread out, and we did a lot of walking to accomplish all...
Day 83: Rock Fall

Day 83: Rock Fall

Mile 1057 to 1082 Showers Lake. Our cowboy camp turned out to be a windy affair. The gusts just kept coming and neither Bedazzled nor I were able to sleep much. We did, however, get a fantastic view of the night sky and Milky Way. After one brief spell of sleep, I...
Day 82: A Restless Night

Day 82: A Restless Night

Mile 1033 to 1057. I tossed and turned and couldn’t sleep at all last night. Searching for a reprieve from the boredom of laying in my tent, I decided to step outside. The Milky Way hung over my head and I felt as if I could reach up and touch it. I reached back...
Day 81: So Long Sierra 

Day 81: So Long Sierra 

Mile 1017 to 1033. Kennedy Meadows served as a place of preparation for those getting ready to cross the Sierra. They could plan and provision for their journey or rest after coming back from a crossing. Today, it’s guests are mainly looking for a little rest...
Day 80: A Fall From Grace 

Day 80: A Fall From Grace 

Mile 1006 to 1017 Sonora Pass. Today we were aiming to get to Sonora Pass. The end of the Sierra and supposedly the end of the hardest rivers and passes. While we have loved the snow covered mountains and beautiful high passes, we were ready to have dry feet and not...
Day 79: 1,000 Miles 

Day 79: 1,000 Miles 

Mile 991 to 1006 To be honest, today was very uneventful. For the first time in 4 days, we didn’t hit any obstacle that could have killed us, which was perfectly ok by me. In fact, more days like today would be welcome. We started hiking with GoPro, who got his...
Day 78: Pool Party, Bring the Floaties 

Day 78: Pool Party, Bring the Floaties 

Mile 976 to 991. The river was still raging when we woke at our impromptu campsite. Still recovering from the hellish day that was yesterday, we packed up and moved on quickly. We wanted to make it to Kerrick Creek before the water had a chance to rise. We continued...
Day 77: Between a Rock and a River

Day 77: Between a Rock and a River

Mile 962 to 976. I unzipped my rain fly to find a buck grazing near the river not 50 feet from my tent. The Matterhorn River snaked through the canyon floor and the pine trees stood by silently as morning mist hung in the air.  This little slice of wilderness is one...
Day 76: Old Man River

Day 76: Old Man River

Mile 945 to 962 Matterhorn Creek. It was rough getting up today as I didn’t sleep very well. Nevertheless, I changed clothes and emerged from my tent to a silent camp. I started packing up. When no one was moving after 5 minutes, I clanked my tent stacks...

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