Travel Info and Tips

That road must be here somewhere..

This page is a perpetual works in progress. Check back often for new content and links. While I’m more of an exclusive Alaska Airlines person for domestic and North America travel, there are a number of useful sites for deals. I tend to use an Alaska Air visa to bank miles. Just don’t carry a balance.

I’ve tried various hotel rewards programs but don’t log enough hotel stays at one hotel brand to make them work.

Below are a sites you might find useful. Please feel free to share your tips with me and I’ll add them to the list.

  • Hiking the John Muir Trail (JMT)
    • Trail shuttle along Highway 395. Lone Pine Kurt at lonepinekurt@aol.com We used Kurt to get us from Bishop to Horseshoe Meadows. He’s timely, efficient, and fun. The fee was quite reasonable in my opinion. I won’t publish the fee out of respect to Kurt’s model.
    • Sequoia Kings Pack Station Also known as Berners Packers. The owner, Danica (Dee) Berner is the contact. Expect a long delay on replies. Try email and phone. We coordinated with another group via document in the John Muir Trail Facebook page. Because of our itinerary, we were able to hand deliver our resupply to their pack station (Pine Creek Station) out of Bishop. This save the hassle of mailing our food supply. They delivered it to Charlotte Lake a week later.
    • John Muir Trail Facebook group. This group is awesome. One of the Admins, Inga Aksamit is super helpful. As are others on the group. If you use the search feature, or access their document folder (Files), you’ll likely find an answer for anything. There is also a year-specific JMT group you can join once you’re in the main group. Since this group is so extensive, I won’t go into all the deails here, but provide a sample list.
      • YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transit System. I used this bus to get from Yosemite to Sacramento. This involved using Amtrak too.
      • ESTA (Eastern Sierra Transit Authority. Busing from Reno and getting from Yosemite to Mammoth, Lee Vining, etc. Be warned. They don’t run weekends 😦 This could change.
      • Muir Trail Ranch (MTR). On-trail food resupply if you sent yourself food.
      • Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR). On-trail food resupply. Mailed food buckets, restaurant, store, free camping, hotel room for a fee. Awesome place!
    • Read my blog series about our trip on the John Muir Trail in 2021. 12 blog posts in all.