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...
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...
Day 75: B-e-a-utiful

Day 75: B-e-a-utiful

Mile 926 to 945. I awoke in the hushed predawn silence and quietly packed up my gear. The trees stood tall and the mountains taller as Bedazzled and I sat silently eating our breakfast. It was 5:40 and we were supposed to leave at 5:30. The early morning chill was...

Day 74: Lost & Found

Mile 909 to 926. The steady rumble of Mineret Falls filled my ears as I rubbed sleep from my eyes. It was the first night back on trail after being in town, and it felt good to wake up to the sounds of nature. I decided to wake up a little earlier than everyone to...
Day 73: 4th of July

Day 73: 4th of July

Mile 903 to 909 Mineret Falls + 3.5 miles on the Mammoth Pass/Red Meadows Trail. We left Mammoth with reluctant hearts and heavy footsteps. Mike and Vanessa had generously taken us in for 4 nights and let us crash their vacation in Mammoth.  The two of them had...

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