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Destination: Agnew Meadows
Starting Location: South of Deer Creek
Today’s Miles: 14.00
Trip Miles: 915.80
South of Deer Creek (900.5, 9200) to Agnew Meadows (914.5, 8360) ascent (1342) descent (1810)
5:50 PM – Inside my tent as rain falls & thunder booms. If I remember right after the lightning you count one one thousandth, two one thousandth, & when you hear the boom you know approximately how far away the lightning is because sound travels at approximately one mile per second. If my buddy Rich Beyak is reading this please put your engineering cap on & let our readers know if I got this right. As you know from working with me Rich I am pretty good at the numbers but I am way too casual in my approach as well as my precision. Regardless, our biggest flash resulted in three one thousandth and thus it was approximately a couple of miles away. And it boomed as to say stay in your tent grasshopper. If you have not been in a mountain thunder storm you have not lived . . . truly awesome.
Just made a quick dash for water between clouds. Saw barbed wire fence and thus clear evidence of livestock management. So I am back to drinking chemicals in my water. Drinking freely from mountain streams over the last several weeks has been a simple pleasure and a powerful commentary on the value of clean drinking water. Speaking of treating water, at VVR I read in the hiker log book a valuable lesson as paraphrased & cleaned up for our younger sensitive readers: when ever you are securing water near a crossing always filter or treat your water because you never know if the last hiker across pooped themselves out of fear during the crossing.
Things worked out so perfectly today. For breakfast I had a great scone and a three musketeer’s bar with the crazy hope that the café or store at Reds Meadow would be open. I knew it was wishful thinking but I have always been a dreamer. The first thing I saw was the stars & stripes flying proudly (always a good sign) & then I saw it on the board outside the empty café: “opening day – welcome to Reds”. Why yes I would like coffee, and pancakes, & eggs over easy with bacon. In fact you better bring an extra side of bacon and a large orange juice. More coffee? Please in fact just leave the pot.
First day for bus service into Reds as well & while enjoying breakfast we see Pang, Swiss Miss & Rita get off the bus. Outside we run, produce our best American yodel, followed by hugs all around. How did you cross the falls at Mono Creek they asked? We answer & ask the same. Different strategies, same results, we are all together again. Off to the camp ground for a soak in the hot spring and more relaxing time as we have 3 days to go 35 miles.
After being persistent in tracking down Lucky Liz at work, I prevailed and reached the best wife in the world. We confirmed a rendezvous in Tahoe in about 10 days – yee ha. Sounds like the house decided to fall apart this week & Liz has been dealing with it. Fortunately my dad & brother-in-law were around to help out with things like water dripping from the ceiling when it was 105 degrees and clearly not raining. I recommended she sell the place & plan on moving to the mountains. She knew I was not kidding, & I think I heard in her voice an “I just might do that”.
Sugar Daddy was able to pick up e-mails via a pay phone & his pocket mail device. We heard Weed has indeed completed the PCT (Congratulations) & is back home helping his clients make money. We also heard from Cheers who is a few days behind us. He said they were having a bit of an easier time then I described & wished us continued success. I am not surprised they are having different experiences because the trail seems to do that & the snow is changing daily if not hourly. For example Sugar Daddy & I placed first tracks on parts of the PCT this morning indicating that those areas were covered as of yesterday. Pang & Swiss Miss described a rather large & a bit scary Deer Springs crossing late in the afternoon. We crossed it this morning & I did not even put my camera & maps into their rain gear.
Oh yea we hiked a few more miles after breakfast – on trail & oh so easy.
Talked to a trail crew from the Inyo National Forest going to work in the wilderness area. This designation, pursuant to the Wilderness Act, means no mechanical means can be used. I love Wilderness. I love the Wilderness designation. I love no mechanical means. But darn it really limits how much work a crew can do. The area in question burned several years ago during one of California’s famous wildfires called the Rainbow fire. This fire burned all of the conifers & those left standing were later sheared off mid trunk during heavy winters (like 2005 & 2006 for example( and so the trail is a series of tree crossings & the crew from the Inyo is clearing them with hand tools consistent with the Wilderness Act requirements. Ever use a two person misery whip saw or an ax for that matter? This city wimp has and one large tree can take a full day or more to clear where a chain saw with a 24” bar and some silence shattering gasoline could do the deed in minutes. Only one viable solution. Keep the Wilderness designation & restrictions fully in tact because any modifications or lessening of requirements by creative law making jeopardizes the entire act and provides precedence for other (say off road vehicle use) modifications. And more volunteers have to learn to swing an ax and pull a misery whip. You will feel good about the blisters you earn & you don’t even need ear plugs.
Heard some trail gossip today about some fledgling romances. Now for journals it is recommended that you not mention on trail romances. I mostly agree with this as gossip in general is, while fun, not particularly polite. What really got me however is that a dominant reason given, as to why not write about them, is that if the person has someone else back home they will not hear about it. What? Now I do not consider myself particularly old fashioned but what kind of crazy BS is this? “Don’t mention my relationship with hiker X, because my boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife . . . may find out about it. Hey, do what you want & if you are not in a committed relationship really do what you want. Just don’t ask me to help facilitate the façade that you actually care about someone back home if you don’t. Now back when I did not have a clue what he meant, & long before I actually tried it, a friend told me that people basically do not care about what you say, rather they care about what you do. So if you want to be trusted start being trustworthy, if you want a committed relationship, start being committed. Otherwise it is all talk and no walk – no pun intended.
Speaking of no walk, it is becoming impossible to know who is north & who is south of us because, like 2005, people are developing strategies that work for them. And this includes skipping this snow section for now. Some will do this section later & I think for many that is a very good idea as you can likely beat the North Cascades snow & still make it back in time to walk the Sierra in September minus the big water, big snow & little mosquitoes.
Destination: Agnew Meadows
Starting Location: South of Deer Creek
Today’s Miles: 14.00
Trip Miles: 915.80
South of Deer Creek (900.5, 9200) to Agnew Meadows (914.5, 8360) ascent (1342) descent (1810)
5:50 PM – Inside my tent as rain falls & thunder booms. If I remember right after the lightning you count one one thousandth, two one thousandth, & when you hear the boom you know approximately how far away the lightning is because sound travels at approximately one mile per second. If my buddy Rich Beyak is reading this please put your engineering cap on & let our readers know if I got this right. As you know from working with me Rich I am pretty good at the numbers but I am way too casual in my approach as well as my precision. Regardless, our biggest flash resulted in three one thousandth and thus it was approximately a couple of miles away. And it boomed as to say stay in your tent grasshopper. If you have not been in a mountain thunder storm you have not lived . . . truly awesome.
Just made a quick dash for water between clouds. Saw barbed wire fence and thus clear evidence of livestock management. So I am back to drinking chemicals in my water. Drinking freely from mountain streams over the last several weeks has been a simple pleasure and a powerful commentary on the value of clean drinking water. Speaking of treating water, at VVR I read in the hiker log book a valuable lesson as paraphrased & cleaned up for our younger sensitive readers: when ever you are securing water near a crossing always filter or treat your water because you never know if the last hiker across pooped themselves out of fear during the crossing.
Things worked out so perfectly today. For breakfast I had a great scone and a three musketeer’s bar with the crazy hope that the café or store at Reds Meadow would be open. I knew it was wishful thinking but I have always been a dreamer. The first thing I saw was the stars & stripes flying proudly (always a good sign) & then I saw it on the board outside the empty café: “opening day – welcome to Reds”. Why yes I would like coffee, and pancakes, & eggs over easy with bacon. In fact you better bring an extra side of bacon and a large orange juice. More coffee? Please in fact just leave the pot.
First day for bus service into Reds as well & while enjoying breakfast we see Pang, Swiss Miss & Rita get off the bus. Outside we run, produce our best American yodel, followed by hugs all around. How did you cross the falls at Mono Creek they asked? We answer & ask the same. Different strategies, same results, we are all together again. Off to the camp ground for a soak in the hot spring and more relaxing time as we have 3 days to go 35 miles.
After being persistent in tracking down Lucky Liz at work, I prevailed and reached the best wife in the world. We confirmed a rendezvous in Tahoe in about 10 days – yee ha. Sounds like the house decided to fall apart this week & Liz has been dealing with it. Fortunately my dad & brother-in-law were around to help out with things like water dripping from the ceiling when it was 105 degrees and clearly not raining. I recommended she sell the place & plan on moving to the mountains. She knew I was not kidding, & I think I heard in her voice an “I just might do that”.
Sugar Daddy was able to pick up e-mails via a pay phone & his pocket mail device. We heard Weed has indeed completed the PCT (Congratulations) & is back home helping his clients make money. We also heard from Cheers who is a few days behind us. He said they were having a bit of an easier time then I described & wished us continued success. I am not surprised they are having different experiences because the trail seems to do that & the snow is changing daily if not hourly. For example Sugar Daddy & I placed first tracks on parts of the PCT this morning indicating that those areas were covered as of yesterday. Pang & Swiss Miss described a rather large & a bit scary Deer Springs crossing late in the afternoon. We crossed it this morning & I did not even put my camera & maps into their rain gear.
Oh yea we hiked a few more miles after breakfast – on trail & oh so easy.
Talked to a trail crew from the Inyo National Forest going to work in the wilderness area. This designation, pursuant to the Wilderness Act, means no mechanical means can be used. I love Wilderness. I love the Wilderness designation. I love no mechanical means. But darn it really limits how much work a crew can do. The area in question burned several years ago during one of California’s famous wildfires called the Rainbow fire. This fire burned all of the conifers & those left standing were later sheared off mid trunk during heavy winters (like 2005 & 2006 for example( and so the trail is a series of tree crossings & the crew from the Inyo is clearing them with hand tools consistent with the Wilderness Act requirements. Ever use a two person misery whip saw or an ax for that matter? This city wimp has and one large tree can take a full day or more to clear where a chain saw with a 24” bar and some silence shattering gasoline could do the deed in minutes. Only one viable solution. Keep the Wilderness designation & restrictions fully in tact because any modifications or lessening of requirements by creative law making jeopardizes the entire act and provides precedence for other (say off road vehicle use) modifications. And more volunteers have to learn to swing an ax and pull a misery whip. You will feel good about the blisters you earn & you don’t even need ear plugs.
Heard some trail gossip today about some fledgling romances. Now for journals it is recommended that you not mention on trail romances. I mostly agree with this as gossip in general is, while fun, not particularly polite. What really got me however is that a dominant reason given, as to why not write about them, is that if the person has someone else back home they will not hear about it. What? Now I do not consider myself particularly old fashioned but what kind of crazy BS is this? “Don’t mention my relationship with hiker X, because my boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife . . . may find out about it. Hey, do what you want & if you are not in a committed relationship really do what you want. Just don’t ask me to help facilitate the façade that you actually care about someone back home if you don’t. Now back when I did not have a clue what he meant, & long before I actually tried it, a friend told me that people basically do not care about what you say, rather they care about what you do. So if you want to be trusted start being trustworthy, if you want a committed relationship, start being committed. Otherwise it is all talk and no walk – no pun intended.
Speaking of no walk, it is becoming impossible to know who is north & who is south of us because, like 2005, people are developing strategies that work for them. And this includes skipping this snow section for now. Some will do this section later & I think for many that is a very good idea as you can likely beat the North Cascades snow & still make it back in time to walk the Sierra in September minus the big water, big snow & little mosquitoes.
Destination: Agnew Meadows
Starting Location: South of Deer Creek
Today’s Miles: 14.00
Trip Miles: 915.80
South of Deer Creek (900.5, 9200) to Agnew Meadows (914.5, 8360) ascent (1342) descent (1810)
5:50 PM – Inside my tent as rain falls & thunder booms. If I remember right after the lightning you count one one thousandth, two one thousandth, & when you hear the boom you know approximately how far away the lightning is because sound travels at approximately one mile per second. If my buddy Rich Beyak is reading this please put your engineering cap on & let our readers know if I got this right. As you know from working with me Rich I am pretty good at the numbers but I am way too casual in my approach as well as my precision. Regardless, our biggest flash resulted in three one thousandth and thus it was approximately a couple of miles away. And it boomed as to say stay in your tent grasshopper. If you have not been in a mountain thunder storm you have not lived . . . truly awesome.
Just made a quick dash for water between clouds. Saw barbed wire fence and thus clear evidence of livestock management. So I am back to drinking chemicals in my water. Drinking freely from mountain streams over the last several weeks has been a simple pleasure and a powerful commentary on the value of clean drinking water. Speaking of treating water, at VVR I read in the hiker log book a valuable lesson as paraphrased & cleaned up for our younger sensitive readers: when ever you are securing water near a crossing always filter or treat your water because you never know if the last hiker across pooped themselves out of fear during the crossing.
Things worked out so perfectly today. For breakfast I had a great scone and a three musketeer’s bar with the crazy hope that the café or store at Reds Meadow would be open. I knew it was wishful thinking but I have always been a dreamer. The first thing I saw was the stars & stripes flying proudly (always a good sign) & then I saw it on the board outside the empty café: “opening day – welcome to Reds”. Why yes I would like coffee, and pancakes, & eggs over easy with bacon. In fact you better bring an extra side of bacon and a large orange juice. More coffee? Please in fact just leave the pot.
First day for bus service into Reds as well & while enjoying breakfast we see Pang, Swiss Miss & Rita get off the bus. Outside we run, produce our best American yodel, followed by hugs all around. How did you cross the falls at Mono Creek they asked? We answer & ask the same. Different strategies, same results, we are all together again. Off to the camp ground for a soak in the hot spring and more relaxing time as we have 3 days to go 35 miles.
After being persistent in tracking down Lucky Liz at work, I prevailed and reached the best wife in the world. We confirmed a rendezvous in Tahoe in about 10 days – yee ha. Sounds like the house decided to fall apart this week & Liz has been dealing with it. Fortunately my dad & brother-in-law were around to help out with things like water dripping from the ceiling when it was 105 degrees and clearly not raining. I recommended she sell the place & plan on moving to the mountains. She knew I was not kidding, & I think I heard in her voice an “I just might do that”.
Sugar Daddy was able to pick up e-mails via a pay phone & his pocket mail device. We heard Weed has indeed completed the PCT (Congratulations) & is back home helping his clients make money. We also heard from Cheers who is a few days behind us. He said they were having a bit of an easier time then I described & wished us continued success. I am not surprised they are having different experiences because the trail seems to do that & the snow is changing daily if not hourly. For example Sugar Daddy & I placed first tracks on parts of the PCT this morning indicating that those areas were covered as of yesterday. Pang & Swiss Miss described a rather large & a bit scary Deer Springs crossing late in the afternoon. We crossed it this morning & I did not even put my camera & maps into their rain gear.
Oh yea we hiked a few more miles after breakfast – on trail & oh so easy.
Talked to a trail crew from the Inyo National Forest going to work in the wilderness area. This designation, pursuant to the Wilderness Act, means no mechanical means can be used. I love Wilderness. I love the Wilderness designation. I love no mechanical means. But darn it really limits how much work a crew can do. The area in question burned several years ago during one of California’s famous wildfires called the Rainbow fire. This fire burned all of the conifers & those left standing were later sheared off mid trunk during heavy winters (like 2005 & 2006 for example( and so the trail is a series of tree crossings & the crew from the Inyo is clearing them with hand tools consistent with the Wilderness Act requirements. Ever use a two person misery whip saw or an ax for that matter? This city wimp has and one large tree can take a full day or more to clear where a chain saw with a 24” bar and some silence shattering gasoline could do the deed in minutes. Only one viable solution. Keep the Wilderness designation & restrictions fully in tact because any modifications or lessening of requirements by creative law making jeopardizes the entire act and provides precedence for other (say off road vehicle use) modifications. And more volunteers have to learn to swing an ax and pull a misery whip. You will feel good about the blisters you earn & you don’t even need ear plugs.
Heard some trail gossip today about some fledgling romances. Now for journals it is recommended that you not mention on trail romances. I mostly agree with this as gossip in general is, while fun, not particularly polite. What really got me however is that a dominant reason given, as to why not write about them, is that if the person has someone else back home they will not hear about it. What? Now I do not consider myself particularly old fashioned but what kind of crazy BS is this? “Don’t mention my relationship with hiker X, because my boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife . . . may find out about it. Hey, do what you want & if you are not in a committed relationship really do what you want. Just don’t ask me to help facilitate the façade that you actually care about someone back home if you don’t. Now back when I did not have a clue what he meant, & long before I actually tried it, a friend told me that people basically do not care about what you say, rather they care about what you do. So if you want to be trusted start being trustworthy, if you want a committed relationship, start being committed. Otherwise it is all talk and no walk – no pun intended.
Speaking of no walk, it is becoming impossible to know who is north & who is south of us because, like 2005, people are developing strategies that work for them. And this includes skipping this snow section for now. Some will do this section later & I think for many that is a very good idea as you can likely beat the North Cascades snow & still make it back in time to walk the Sierra in September minus the big water, big snow & little mosquitoes.
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