July 6th Day 85 Mileage: 0 We woke up in Mammoth lakes today! We camped in the woods on the outskirts of town behind the fire station to avoid having to pay for a pricey hotel, and then spent the morning at the coffee shop and the laundromat. We enjoyed sitting in the sun sipping … Continue reading Day: 85-89: Town time and friend time!
June 14th-17th Day 63-66 Mileage: 4.8 + 16.8 + 16.3 + 13 We left Tara’s house with a feeling of anxiousness. Only a few more days until we reach the gateway of the Sierra Nevada! It was so generous and wonderful of Tara to drive us the windy 1.5 hour trip back up to the … Continue reading Day 63-66: Home stretch of Southern California
June 12th-13th Day: 61-62 Mileage: 16.2 + 0 It was easy hiking yesterday as we made our way to Walker Pass and we were cruising so much that I forgot to take many pictures. My mind was on getting to the Walker Pass Campground where I had scheduled a pick up by my cousin Tara. … Continue reading Day 61-62: Cousin time in Bakersfield
June 10th Day 59 Mileage: 11.5 We got another late start today around 12:30. We’ve gotten into a cycle of night hiking and it makes it really hard to wake up early and get hiking because we’re so tired in the morning. We have a very long stretch to cover until the next water source, … Continue reading Day 59: A short day
June 9th Day 58 Mileage: 19 After hiking so late into the night last night, I was so thankful that the cloudy weather this morning let us sleep in. We relaxed in bed and enjoyed a light drizzle of rain on tapping on the tent. Usually we are forced out of the tent fairly early … Continue reading Day 58: Rainy day hiking
June 6th-7th Day 55-56 Mileage: 16.7 + 16.6 We left our desert floor campsite yesterday and climbed up into the hills above us with endless wind turbines. Derek was really into them! We got to hike super close and we were surprised to find they weren’t very loud at all. And since they were our … Continue reading Day 55-56: A sunset and a sunrise
June 5th Day 54 Mileage: 22.1 We mixed things up today and it was a success! It was beautifully clear weather and we descended into the desert floor, excited to travel across totally different terrain. Around noon we stopped at a unique trail angel’s place called Hikertown. The owner (Bob) has turned his … Continue reading Day 54: Desert walking
June 2nd Day 51 Mileage: 16.0 Last night we fell asleep the earliest ever: 8pm! This resulted in us both waking up around midnight and having trouble getting back to sleep. It was a full moon and kinda felt like we had a night light in the sky, even in the tent. I entertained the … Continue reading Day 51: Monotony
May 28th-31st Day 46-49 Mileage: 17.5 + 0 + 0 + 0 We have spent the last couple days at home with my parents doing our resupply boxes for the Sierra Nevada, which is coming up in another 250 miles or so. On Thursday we had another long 17.5 miles to get to our meeting … Continue reading Day 46-49: A much needed resupply and rest!
May 27th Day 45 Mileage: 17.5 Somehow we both started and ended today with an applause from an audience and it was great! As we packed up our things this morning 3 vans of day hikers showed up. 40 Japanese people spilled out of the vans and filled our camp area. One of them, probably … Continue reading Day 45: Poodle dog bush dodging day