Whoso walks in solitude, And inhabiteth the wood, Choosing light, wave, rock, and bird Before the money-loving herd, Into that forester shall pass, From these companions, power and grace.
—RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Wood-notes, 1847
The mountains, the trail, the backpack, the stream crossings, and yes even the mosquitoes are calling and I must go. Arrow and I are heading out for a 76 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park north to Sonora Pass. I am super excited to experience this section of the trail. It features a lot of elevation change, gorgeous lakes, and some pretty challenging stream crossings. My pack is ready to go weighing in at 24 pounds complete with a bear canister, 5 days of food, and 1 liter of water. Just the way I like it. 🙂