Lone Pine

Day 43 – Friday, May 23

The past week has been super interesting. I went from the heat of my final days in the desert (so hot that we all took a break from 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.), to a late season snowstorm in the Sierras. The first several days I traveled over two passes close to 10,600 feet each. I encountered snow in large amounts for three days straight and only covered  42 miles. As I’ve said before, the extremes in weather are just wild! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here are a few photos from my final days in the desert before hitting Kennedy Meadows. I also passed the 1/4 complete mark with a few of my small desert friends close by. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve slept in the middle of the trail several times over the years, but this past week was the first time I’ve ever been awakened by night hikers. Thank goodness I knew both of them pretty well, Ninja Tank and Stampede. The next day we met Goaltech going south bound. He was section hiking the PCT and giving out trail magic to all the north bounders. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Below are a few photos taken just before I arrived at Kennedy Meadows. I did around 33 miles that day to get there. All the young guns were pretty impressed that an old man like me could pull those miles. I was told they had Coors waiting for me! 🙂 I enjoyed hanging out around Kennedy Meadows for the day. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I caught Zissou jamming on the guitar below: My first three days in the high Sierras were EPIC! Snow, Snow and more Snow! What an adventure to say the least! My tarp tent almost didn’t make it through some of the harder snow falls. Thank goodness the snow slacked off so I could make some adjustments and remove some of it…my tent was collapsing around me. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA During second day of the snowstorm, I enjoyed hiking with Zissou, Ninja Tank, Lee, Red, and Daniel. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Our ride down this morning from the Horseshoe Meadow Campground (1.7 miles off trail) to Lone Pine was in a very nice Mercedes Camper. The owner was a former PCT hiker himself. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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3 Responses to Lone Pine

  1. Mike says:

    I was expecting an update before Memorial Day, so this was a good one! The longer these hiking adventures continue, I will be interested to see how this changes your “order of life/items.”

    1. You must be accepting life without order!
    2. I did see one Coors Light on the table so “willingness to adapt” is surely a benefit of this life journey.
    3. You have mastered survival in most conditions in the wild. Damn impressive!

    Be safe and those young fellers have no idea who you really are!

    I spent the day in Bowing Green, KY hanging out with Vette fanatic’s with a another visit to the museum and then a tour of the manufacturing facility. The new C-7 Stingray is one bad S.O.B, but of little use on the trial.

    See you in a few!

  2. mjirving says:

    Nice to meet you! Glad you enjoyed the chips. I finished at Tehachapi yesterday and delivered magic to 279 hikers.

    -GoalTech

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