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Day 83: Rock Fall

Day 83: Rock Fall

Our cowboy camp turned out to be a windy affair. The gusts just kept coming and neither Bedazzled or I were able to sleep much. We did, however, get a fantastic view of the night sky and Milky Way.

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Day 82: A Restless Night

Day 82: A Restless Night

I tossed and turned and couldn’t sleep at all 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.

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Day 81: So Long Sierra 

Day 81: So Long Sierra 

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 and relaxation in one of their cabins or campgrounds. But there are still a few who have come through those snowy mountains and seek a short reprieve from their journey north. We call them thru-hikers.

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Day 80: A Fall From Grace 

Day 80: A Fall From Grace 

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 deal with swollen raging rivers.

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Day 78: Pool Party, Bring the Floaties 

Day 78: Pool Party, Bring the Floaties 

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.

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Day 77: Between a Rock and a River

Day 77: Between a Rock and a River

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.

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Day 75: B-e-a-utiful

Day 75: B-e-a-utiful

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.

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Day 74: Lost & Found

The steady rumble of Mineret Falls filled my ears as I rubbed sleep from my eyes. It was the first night back in 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 have some hot oatmeal, and I started my stove as I packed up my camp.

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Day 73: 4th of July

Day 73: 4th of July

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.

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Day 69: Getting to Mammoth 

Day 69: Getting to Mammoth 

I awoke to sunlight on my tent. It was a strange feeling to wake up when the stars aren’t still strung out over the night sky. After a moment, it all came back to me. An agreement around a smokey fire to sleep in and take the time to make oatmeal and coffee in the morning. To take time to feel civilized again.

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Day 67: Fear and Loathing in the Sierra

Day 67: Fear and Loathing in the Sierra

I wanted to address the fear mongering that has plagued the Sierra this year. Since 2017 was a record breaking year for snow fall, with some areas receiving 200% above average accumulation, the Sierra have quite naturally been the talk of the trail.

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Day 66: House of Farts

Day 66: House of Farts

Close your eyes and imagine a dark stone hut built in 1930. It’s fire place has been stoned walled and there is only one window, which can’t be opened. Now imagine 12 hikers who have just eaten two week old salami, ramen, and peanut butter. Delicious and caloric? Yes. But more importantly, a master recipe for cutting the cheese, letting one slide or as some more civilized people would say, passing gas.

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Owen Rojek

I am following my passions for the outdoors, simple-living and photography. Hiking the PCT in 2017 is my first step in this pursuit. Follow along and I hope to meet you on trail one day.

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