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PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 24.08.2018

At mile 730.9. Hiked 24.2 miles today.  Here is where I woke up this morning. That’s right, I camped on a footbridge over one of the Kern rivers. I had left KM at 6:30 pm the day before and hiked into the dark. Last mile was dark  and I used headlamp and played music out of my IPhone speakers to scare away those spooky animals that stalk around in the dark. Really, it just keeps my wild imagination of those beasts of the dark in check. Near the end of...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 24.08.2018

At mile 681.5. Hiked 22.1 miles today. Last night I laid under a sky full of stars and. gazed at Orion, Cygnus, the Milky Way, and even the small cluster Pleiades. In the early morning, I awoke for a few minutes and quickly counted 7 falling stars. The trail was good. Now I remember how much I like the desert. I just hate carrying so much water. Jack rabbits were huge and loved to hop high. A lot of climbing around a valley that went for miles when it looked like I...

PCT Sierras, PCT Thru Hike / 23.08.2018

At mile 706.7. Hiked 25.2 PCT miles plus 0.8 miles to store and back. The sky was so blue. Gone are the smoky days in Washington.  It was a great day to hike in the high desert. The trail gradually climbed up through ever higher hills above a drainage; progressing in a sensible direction. It felt good when I topped out at 8008 feet, an elevation I hadn’t seen for a very long time. Above is a dead tree at 8008 feet. The landscape was open and appeared to have...

Pacific Crest Trail, PCT Sierras / 22.08.2018

At mile 659.4. Hiked 7.3 miles today. Today Cache22 drove me from his home in Sacramento to Walker Pass. We took the scenic route on highway 50 and highway 395 traveling down the Eastern Sierra. We passed Echo Lake where my hike will end and we went through Mammoth, Independence, and Lone Pine, all towns I may visit later for resupply.  It was great to be back in the desert with its wide open views and beautiful sunsets. I didn’t start hiking until shortly before 5 pm and I had...