19 miles hiked
Today I made it to the 1000 mile marker.
No words. just wow, just pride, just happiness, just surreal feelings.
And also not a lot of memory of the day besides that lol
It was my second longest day for mileage and it didn't hurt as much at the end of the day like some 15 mile days do... I assume it's because of the easy elevation day today though haha. I had a pretty bad headache all day though so it was a mental game today to keep pushing to camp.
When I was about 4 miles from camp my heels started to hurt because of my shoes being so worn out. I had to tape my socks and ankles so that it didn't hurt as much.
It rained on us overnight, but that was a calming sound for me and I fell asleep easily.
13.4 miles hiked
Again... another blog I am doing a wek and a half passed this day. Whoops.
I met Hall Pass today and Elegant.
Elegant is doing a LASH (Long Ass Section Hike) She is 77 and doing 4-5 miles a day and hopes to make it to the Oregon border before snow. What a gal!
Hall Pass rememebered me from March 29/30th when he was on a weekend hike with his brother and I helped them out with water. Now he is also doing a LASH to Oregon as well.
Today was a hard. but good day. 3 mountains to climb to get to camp. One was a pass. I got to camp arounf 6 pm to Wilma lake and submerged in the water briefly and then went back to camp to cook dinner and snuggle in my sleeping bag.
Hall Pass went for a much longer swim and then went to bed around 7:30.
Around 7:30 the first person of an 8 group tramily showed up and asked if I was Little Foot. I said yes and he said Elegant told them about me and that I should join them for the next couple days till Kennedy Meadows North. I agreed. Between 8-9:30 everyone else showed up and I met them one by one.
I went to sleep before all of them as some were still eating dinner but I was tired.
11.1 miles hiked
Today I wanted to quit. Or at least reset for a week and then try again. But there isn’t a place to bail out. I have to hike through to Kennedy meadows north.
The smoke is what has made me terrified. Flashbacks to my grandma’s town burning. Driving through a fire with storm last year. Another fire where my cousin was and I was scared he would die etc.
I had about 7-8 panic attacks today. And cried for most of the day.
The smoke made my head hurt, throat hurt, chest hurt, made me nauseous. I threw up. I drank more water than usual. I was terrified.
I still am.
The people I was hiking with kept going for a second pass today. I stopped 2 miles before the top of the pass and set up camp.
Once I was feeling dizzy and brain fogged I knew I shouldn’t hike anymore today.
So I will be behind them now and will try to catch up tomorrow or the next day.
A ranger came by while I was setting up camp before the others came by to pass me and asked for my permit and proof of my bear can. Then Woodstock and Denise came by and he asked for the same from them. I said goodbye to them after that just in case I don’t catch them again.
I know this is what’s best for my health but it still sucks. Just when I had finally caught up to miss pancakes and pocket lizard too. Oh well, the trail will provide.
Camping alone is kinda comforting. I am okay. I am scared, but I’m okay.
Watching a movie to calm myself down today for bed will be crucial.
I will try to sleep early so I can get up sooner to catch them easier.
I might have to do a 20-23 mile day tomorrow to make that happen. So we will see. If the smoke is this bad or worse tomorrow I’m prepared to do some nice easy 12 mile days and come in later to Kennedy Meadows North. I can stretch my food for another day I think.
14.1 miles hiked
Didn’t sleep too well last night. Had night mares. I woke up in the middle of the night and looked for Glow so I could cuddle him for comfort for the rest of the night.
Woke up at 6:30 and was hiking by 8am.
For breakfast I ate 880 calories of lunchables. Solid meal I think lol.
I caught up to Miss Pancakes and Pocket Lizard today! We met for a snack and then for lunch and a swim in Miller lake. They planned on doing a 20 today where as we started the day behind them and are planning a 17, so we will be a half day behind them moving forward.
Around 1.4 miles before the lake I was hiking solo to be the first one there and I fell really hard and face planted on the trail and scrapped up my leg and hurt my neck and shoulder on my right side… ouch.
I sat for about 30 minutes and played solitaire and rested till the pain and tears subsided before continuing on to the lake.
The lake was beautiful though. Everyone showed up about 15 and 25 mins later.
We sat by the lake while chatting and eating lunch.
After an hour we packed up and headed out for our last 3 miles of the day.
I arrived to camp about 20 minutes before Woodstock and Denise.
Pocket Lizard and Miss Pancakes came by a few minutes later and we convinced them to camp with us tonight.
I had hot chocolate and buffalo style chicken Mac and cheese for dinner.
We all chatted during dinner and I shared my hot chocolate.
Tomorrow we are planning a double pass 15 mile day. I hope I can do it. I’ve been feeling pretty shitty lately. Aches and pains that are worrying me from previous injuries.
I’m sure I’m okay, just my over active anxiety brain.
Watched some episodes tonight, caught up on some blogs and went to sleep around 10 tonight.
6 miles hiked
Today we woke up and got to the bus by 7:45am. It was a 45 minute bus ride. We met some JMT hikers just starting the trail on the bus and chatted with them on the way.
We need to get back on trail today. I originally planned for 10 ish miles but we ended up camping at 6 miles. It was the best campsite in a long time. I got to camp by 2pm.
I arrived first and set up before the other girls showed up.
We met two other weekend hikers who fish and chatted with them while eating my first dinner and the girls set up their tents. Then we went to the waterfall and I took a full swim for the first time since starting the trail. The waterfall was gorgeous. The water was wonderful. The sun was warm after the swim and we sun tanned for a bit.
After my swim I went to get changed and get second dinner ready to eat. With hot chocolate of course.
Then I was feeling anti social so I went to my tent and wrote more blogs and watched a Disney movie while the others all chatted till past hiker midnight.
Fair warning I am doing this blog about 1.5 weeks after the day happened so who knows what I rememeber... tell yea right now I dont rememeber the mileage I hiked this day... but somewhere around 14-16.
Today Woodstock and I need to get to Lee Vining to meet her friend from Germany so she can join us in hiking for the next little bit.
We mostly had a downhill day the ranger said... he LIED lol.
Sure we were going down in elevation from 9500-7300 but there were SO many inclines still. and it was pretty rocky terrain. But we made it to Silver lake around 2pm.
We went into their general store like mad women because we were so thirsty and I bought 4 drinks.. none of which were water. Apple juice, Gatorade, lemonade, and chocolate milk, yum.
While we were waiting for a hitch a family came and asked us if we wanted a drink and they brought us two ciders. Yay trail magic!
We got our hitch and made it to Lee Vining before Woodstock's friend, but amazingly the manager let us in even though it was under her friend's name and not either of ours.
We showered, then she showed up, we went to get food, chatted, went through Foxy's stuff to gear shake down before the trail (her trail name given later but as I said I'm writing this later so now we have one for her)
And then went to sleep, 7:45 bus tomorrow to Yosemite.
16 miles hiked
This morning we started hiking later as we slept in and then decided to get breakfast at Red’s meadow. (I ate a bagel with cream cheese. Omgosh I missed eating those) We didn’t start hiking until like 10:30am. Then we hiked to the devil’s post pile which I was so excited to see. It was amazing. Such a great geological feature to get to witness in person.
Once I took my photos and saw the columnar basalt we started on to hike the remaining 14 miles. We started around 11:30am, which means we probably won’t get to camp until after 7pm. I usually like to get to camp by 6-6:30 so I know I will start to get very tired near the end of the day.
It was a long day. My ankle and foot were hurting a lot so it was just a struggle.
But I made it. Thousand island lake was beautiful to camp at. We ran into Celeb and others and I helped them with some of my food because Calzone was running out and I had some extra I was tired of eating.
I felt a little antisocial so I retired to my tent early and slept around 9:30
We woke up around 8am and went down to breakfast. Then the inn keepers at 10:30 drove us to Stacy’s house (our trail angel from before) to pick up our stuff we stored at her house, and then he drove us back to the inn.
Then we did our laundry and went to a couple gear shops. After that I went to sleep and Woodstock went to town to find a fanny pack.
Around 3:30 she came back and woke me up from my snooze. I showered and we got ready to go to Liberty bar and get some happy hour drinks and food. We made it with 15 mins to spare and quickly bought some fried pickles and two drinks each.
After an hour flame joined us and we had some more drinks. Then we met a past pct hiker from 2019 named Hot Shot.
He bought us a couple drinks and we had a shot of tequila and chatted for a while!
Around 11 we went home and went to sleep.
Today I woke up superrrr hungover. I slept in as long as I could and then we went down for breakfast.
Then I showered and we went to the dog store to weigh ourselves (128 now), and then went to the library. I had to work on my blog for a bit so we stayed there for just over an hour.
After the library we went to resupply at Von’s and met up with Flame and Riptide.
I went with them to lunch at a Pho place and Woodstock went to Carl’s Jr.
The noodles and thai tea really hit the spot for me. Then I went back to the inn to organize my resupply and write some post cards. After all of us finished our chores we all met up and got our trolley to the shuttle.
We made it with 3 minutes to spare getting to the second bus that takes us to the shuttle.
Once we got to red’s we set up at a campsite, joining Nate a JMT hiker we met on the bus.
Then we went and enjoyed the hot springs for a bit up just past our campsite.
Dinner next and I just snacked on chips and cheese with hot chocolate because I was still full from the Pho.
Played a quick game of bull shit which flame won and then we went to sleep :)
Today is my first 20 mile day.
We were going to just do 16 miles and then hike 4 the next morning. But I convinced Woodstock to do a 20 mile day with me to get into Mammoth Lakes and get to a hotel room to let us have a true zero the next day.
Boy did I regret that after getting 14 miles in.
Talk more about the day being brutal.
Saw Hippie again.
Hit 900 miles.
Got in before the storm
Got the last bus
Got to hostel, no room. Everything is too much money.
Ended up finding a place called Cinnamon bear inn. Got a ride there with the inn keeper's which was amazing of them. Ordered pizza for delivery just before they closed. Watched a bit of Avatar.
Couldn’t sleep so we stayed up on social media and watched movies etc till 12am.
Welp. Woke up today to having my period. I shouldn’t have gotten it as I’m in the middle of my birth control pack. So this is going to suck today. I started to feel the cramps coming on. Already straight to a 5/10 on the pain scale.
I did not want to hike today. We wanted to hit Mammoth Lakes tomorrow though so we needed to get moving.
Not going to lie at all… I thought about bailing out back to VVR. It would have been easy to do. But we knew we had to hike on. And I didn’t want to miss any miles.
So up we went, to get to Silver Pass. Probably the slowest we have gone yet because Woodstock also wasn’t feeling her best self either.
We both felt sluggish, in pain, and tired as all hell.
The first part of the day we only did a mile an hour. Then the second part of the pass was a bit easier so we were able to pick it up a bit. I was in front after second snack time with my extra boost of energy from cheese strings.
About .8 from the top we stopped for lunch by Silver Lake. I ate some tuna in some wraps, beef jerky, candy, and cheese.
It was chilly while we rested so I had on my rain coat.
I saw the clouds looking a little rainy so I kept on my coat for the next part of the climb as I knew it was going to rain. I told Woodstock but she didn't believe me lol.
I’m glad I did because about 4 minutes after we started hiking again, it started to rain.
Then it started to really rain.
And then it started to hail.
And then it started to thunder. Extremely loud.
So we started to book it down the pass because we were exposed at the top.
Once we hiked about 1.8 more miles we stopped and set up our tents and got inside asap.
It rained/hailed for another 3 hours on and off.
We decided to stay there for camp because I didn’t want to repack everything incase it started to rain again while we hiked on.
After an hour or so some other hikers showed up and decided to camp near us. Then we saw Hippie and chatted with him for 30 minutes or so before he hiked on.
After Hippie left we went to the lake and I decided to FINALLY hop into my first alpine lake. It wasn’t too cold so I was able to wade in and get comfortable before the plunge. It was so refreshing and nice. I will do it again for sure. Before the sierra I said I would daily and that hasn’t happened at all so I'm a little disappointed in myself.
After the lake I dried off and got on warmer clothes and we went to chat with the other hikers. They are going SOBO on the JMT.
They taught me a new game called Farkle. Which is a dice game. I won in the last round! It was definitely another highlight :)
The sunset tonight was beautiful as well.
I’m so glad the rain and hail got us to stop earlier than planned. Otherwise I wouldn’t have hopped in a lake, or learned a new game or seen this beautiful sunset.
Silver linings every day
Sleep time now