… trail dust is thicker’n blood
~ Louis L’Amour
Bird Spring Pass to Walker Pass
Okay I lied I am dirtier than yesterday! As I hiked today through Pinyon forest, I passed Skinner and Scodie peaks (I have previously climbed) while overlooking Owens Valley and the Kern River Valley. This is all right in my backyard! How cool is that?
Tomorrow I will be meeting Sally (my hiking partner for the next couple of weeks) and Dan with resupply at Walker Pass. Hopefully they will bring salad, soap, and fruit. I have learned and observed differences while hiking solo:
#1 you have to be A LOT more careful. For example: if you happen to drop say pant legs or sunglasses while hiking there is no one to pick them up
#2 you can put in a lot more miles in a day
#3 I am not as neat and clean
Trail angel Okie Girl greeted hikers at Walker Pass Campground with chili, hot dogs, and drinks.
Gear and food favs:
Gossamer 2 piece hiking poles- These EXPENSIVE (4 ounces for each pole) are the Cadillac of hiking poles. They feel ultralight, are very sturdy, and they just make you want to go faster!
Skittles – I have to admit these colorful little gems have found their way into my pack almost every trip for the last few years. My favorite flavor…SOUR!!!!