Day 36

Day: 36

Date: 15 May 2018 09:14PM PDT

Location: Camping near mile 698

Today's Miles: 25.2

Total Miles: 698


Solid day of hiking today.


Slept in until almost 0800. Arrived late into camp last night and crashed hard. Haven't slept that soundly in quite some time.


Out by 0900, walked straight through until after 1200. Stopped for water, had a lunch stop as well, not something I usually do. Rehydrated some rice, and did a bit of trail math to determine timeframes and distances for approximate dates of finishing up on trail.


Such a beautiful day today. The elevation is getting more dramatic, but then so is the scenery. Will be arriving at Kennedy Meadows South tomorrow, mile seven hundred, and the unofficial gateway to the Sierra.


Camped just outside of KMS this evening. Short walk in tomorrow morning, where I'll grab my bear canister, micro spikes, a hot meal, and be on my way into higher elevation, snow, and colder temperatures.

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Day 35

Dy: 35

Date: 14 May 2018 10:55PM PDT

Location: Camping near mile 672.8

Today's Miles: 20.7

Total Miles: 672.8


Slept in this morning since I couldn't leave until the post office opened. Looked out my tent and most of the other hikers were gone. Packed up my stuff, walked into town, hit up the coffee shop I've been singing praises of since I first heard about it.


Had myself breakfast and some coffee while I chatted with two other hikers. It was pretty incredible, cheap, and super friendly.


Headed over to the post office to check on my package, which was supposed to be up the road in a smaller town closer to the trail. Turns out everything was OK, so I walked on over to the road leading out of town and stuck out my thumb.


Took a little while to get out, and my first hitch only took me a portion of the way. Managed to get to the post office in the end, where I had to unpack, pull a part of my tent out, put it in a box, and swap it out with a replacement piece.


Shortly thereafter a trail angel was on her way up to the trail and she graciously offered me a ride back. Made it back to the trail before the bus that leaves town even left, so it all worked out in the end.


Mostly up hill all afternoon, ended up climbing over 4500 feet and descending almost equally as much throughout the day. Took a risk on a lone tent site on a big climb at the end of the day, ended up someone was already camped there. Grabbed my headlamp and hiked on into the night.


Couple miles later managed to find a spot. Fell asleep writing this so I ended up finishing it in the morning.

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