Leaving Wanda Lake just below Muir Pass meant we were leaving behind what I’d considered to be the big passes of the trip. No more 12,000 footers. And the scenery […]
Days six through nine were a series of very long descents to below 9,000′, usually close to 8,000′, followed by a longish approach and a final steep climb to a […]
Camped on the edge of a big meadow where trees meet grass, we slept very well on night four. Back around 10,000′ and flat ground was very nice. We both felt like sleeping in, but it was important to keep the rhythm for a couple reasons. 1. I much prefer to hike alone, not with a lot of other people. Starting early gives more time alone, and puts one on a somewhat different schedule that many. 2. It’s cooler in the morning and it definitely has been warm by 10AM. It’s 5:15AM, we’re groggy, it’s dark, but time to throw off the bag, deflate the thermarest and pillow, and begin stuffing those items in the backpack.
In just three days, the John Muir Trail would let us know that it was going to be a serious hike, and no day would be easy.
Technically, this should have been the last JMT blog post, but due to the fact I wanted to post something right after the trip, and what came to mind was […]
It’s not actually that hot but close. Especially for us PNWner’s. Had a relaxing morning after a night with minimal sleep. It was hot in our room. So had the […]
Paradise being state of mind, I guess. We flew to Reno. Not exactly paradise. But then the high Sierra would be my kind of paradise. Jean may think differently. All […]
Nine months thinking, dreaming, and planning is about to become reality. Tomorrow morning we fly out of SeaTac for Reno, where we get our Enterprise rent a car (I reserved […]
Just a couple weeks until Jean and I leave for the John Muir Trail. While it would have been great to get out for another overnight, Jean had already planned […]
I start shouting “hey bear, hey bear”. We retreat a bit but then walk back up. At this point momma has a bead on us and a step forward by us, is a step forward for momma too. She is looking at us. Very uncomfortable to say the least. Jean has been wanting to see a bear in the wild. Careful what you wish for – right?