Horseshoe Meadow Trail Head to Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station
I hiked into Chicken Spring Lake last night and got into camp about 8:00 pm. Just about when I was ready for bed a man and his 2 sons hiked in. It was so great to see the boys excitement when they saw the lake. The boys even popped over to my camp and eagerly said “Hi!” It brought back great memories of when I brought my daughter to this very same lake years ago.
It is fabulous to be back in the high country and I feel good, even in the high altitude. While I was soaking my feet at Guyot Creek I visited with a genuine trail horse and rider. I see pack horses, but never this. I had the pleasure of getting to know Neekos (horse) and Mendorider (rider). What a treat! Mendorider is 77 and has been backpacking, climbing, and horse packing since before I was born. He was a wealth of information and so positive with a zest for life. The duo are traveling through the Sierras on the John Muir Trail. Mendorider even aspires to emulate John Muir’s life and after listening to his truly amazing life story, he is right on track. The 2 rode behind me for the rest of the afternoon. Neekos handled rock stairs like a pro and had a fun quirky personality. I have to admit I do not know much about horses and are around them like… never. When it was time to part ways, I bid farewell to Mendorider and Neekos. Mendorider then turned, smiled and said “You know… we are kindred spirits”. I smiled and nodded.
I am now camped 7.6 miles below the summit of Mount Whitney. My plan is to go to sleep early, 7:00 pm and get back on the trail heading to Whitney summit at 1:30 am. Yes, you read that correctly. I am hoping to summit at sunrise. Dan and I experienced sunrise on Whitney several years ago. It was inspiring. Right now it is lightly raining, so I will have to stay flexible. I am so getting used to that.