It was a great day until the last couple of hours. Relentless gnats hovered over my eyes so I just kept hiking. I had intended on camping at Little Kern Lake, but between the gnats, biting flies, and mosquitos, I just kept going.
I headed out for a 3 1/2 day backpack with a map, iPhone, my pack, and a few pages from a favorite guidebook. Requirements … no snow or raging creeks to ford.
Well, we are done. And what a humdinger of a day. Our team kept on the move, we summited Half Dome (the highlight for me), made it to Happy Isle before dark, and celebrated with pizza and salads at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley.
After much struggle, a few of our team members due to exhaustion, fear, blisters, a wedding shower, and knee pain will not be continuing. I admire the strength in hikers that say “no” and know they will be back at it another day. The trail will be there. They are the true heroes.
Grant has saved me on a log crossing and Dan scooped me up after falling in a stream. Not good.
Day 4 – I am Strong, I am Stable, I Will Walk
Your body can do anything…
It’s your brain you have to convince.
Woods Creek to Upper Basin – 16 miles
The John Muir Trail 2017 is complete.
This high snow year made for some pretty tricky and dangerous creek fords, along with fun snow crossings. Our team was determined, supportive, positive, courageous, and mostly a lot of fun. But it wasn’t all fun and games.
Up next this summer … The John Muir Trail.
This evening I will be joining my family, the Bowersox family, and Michelle for 2 weeks of sure fire excitement, challenge, and lots of laughter. The gang is geared up with microspikes, ice axes, bear cans, and 8 days of food.
Such goodness today. We popped out onto the highway, stuck our thumbs out, and got the greatest ride with Dave and Kathy in a fun jeep.
Today we finished half of the 500 mile Northern New Mexico Loop at Brazos Over look. Next June, Arrow and I hope to finish the second half coming back to this point and continuing.
Okay…I know I have talked a lot about how green and how many meadows abound in New Mexico, but it is true. At least for this time of year. The sky was bluer and the trees and meadows greener…not to mention heart swelling ridge walking. I have photos to prove it.
Last night was cold, hard cold. Finally, a night to get cozy, zip up the sleeping bag, and hunker down for the night. It is so fine to be in the high mountains.