July 18th Day 97 Mileage: 0 (though we hitched over 20 miles round trip) Today was a resupply day from Sonora Pass. We got to the pass last night as it was getting dark, so we decided to camp near the road and hitch in the morning. When we get to a pass, it usually … Continue reading Day 97: Kindness at Kennedy Meadows Resort
July 17th Day 96 Mileage: 18.5 Well it’s official…. We’ve hiked 1,000 miles! Have we surpassed your expectations, because we’ve certainly surpassed Caitlin’s!? She tells me she didn’t know she could do what we’ve done, but somehow we both just keep on going. Today feels like a great milestone and I’m really proud of us. We … Continue reading Day 96: 1,000 miles and counting!
July 16th Day 95 Mileage: 16.1 We passed lots of lakes today and it was simply stunning from dawn to dusk. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
July 15th Day 94 Mileage: 10.9 Today was the first day we did more relaxing on the trail rather than hiking! We stopped at an unnamed lake with a couple other hikers and went swimming for well over an hour (the luxury!)! The lake was relatively warm (probably mid 70s) and had nice rocks for … Continue reading Day 94: Enjoying the hike
July 14th Day 93 Mileage: 19.9 I have no clue how we made it so far today. Looking back at the pictures, it’s hard to appreciate just how steep it was in person, so you’re just going to have to trust me. I think this was our hardest day on trail yet! The nature of the trail … Continue reading Day 93: Not out of the Sierra yet…
July 13th Day 91 Mileage: 9 Tuolumne Meadows Campground was like Disneyland…. People everywhere! We spent the morning at the campground store and post office picking up packages and gearing up for the next section. Derek shaved in the woods by the store with the shaver he got from his bounce bag. When you live … Continue reading Day 92: Yosemite National Park
July 12th Day 91 Mileage: 15.5 Today was fairly easy hiking. I think the highlight of the day was watching all the marmot babies emerge from their homes. It must be the season for them, because they are everywhere and they are super curious! They hear you coming and pop their faces out to see … Continue reading Day 91: Tuolumne Meadows
July 11th Day 90 Mileage: 10 After being dropped off at the Silver Lake Resort by our latest amazing trail angel Ross, we took off up the trail with tons of food. We talked about how going hungry in the Sierras left us a little traumatized and we never want to be that hungry again! … Continue reading Day 90: Back home to the PCT
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!
July 1st Day 80 Mileage: 15.7 This section we have nicknamed “too much water” due to the endless thunderstorms that have plagued us the past week. It does make for some dramatic pictures, but it has been very rough on us both. The night of July 1st was, according to a ranger, “the worst storm … Continue reading Day 80-84: Sierra Nevada, Part 2.5 – Too much water!