This is the place where hikers hang out before taking on the snow and high elevations in the Sierra. There is much excitement because a storm is coming through, dropping more snow on Forester Pass and possible rain and snow all around. Some of my hiking buddies headed out into it- Whitewater and Ninja Tank among others. I'll miss hiking with those guys but I'm not going to keep trying to keep up with them. I was so thrilled to hike with them as long as I did- really wonderful guys who watched out for me, taught me a ton, challenged me to hike further than I thought I could, and made hiking through the heat and sand a total blast. Hopefully I will see them again somewhere up the trail.
I'm waiting another night here and then hiking out with Blue Yonder and MeToo. We will hike a couple days and will go out to Lone Pine- it definitely makes me feel better knowing we will be going to town so I won't be carrying as much food as the others that are heading strait through. I hope this will be easier on my feet.
There are many hikers around. I was especially delighted to finally meet SlowBro, a fellow hammock hanger who I've emailing. It was great talking to him in person and seeing his hammock setup, and geeking out about gear. What a great guy!
Susan (now called Rewind, see her blog here) who is a long time friend from Atlanta and who I started the trail with was here too. She was waiting four days for her resupply box to arrive- I was so happy seeing her briefly before she headed back out to the trail.
So interesting how we hikers run into each other over and over again along the trail. How we might not see one another for weeks, but then run into one another again. So sweet to be part of this mobile community.
Anyway, internet service is expected to be sporadic in the Sierra, so don't expect regular updates for a while. I'll catch up with you all when I can.