Day 43, 22 miles May 21
There were other hikers tenting with us. G4, Nightcap, Surplus, and Google. Happy and Tugboat were up and gone first. I was the last to pack up, and be on the trail at 6:40.
The morning’s hike was through another burn. I noticed the cacti and sage I won’t be seeing again for a week or so. The burn opened up to a large green meadow which the trail followed for many miles. The Kern river weaved and gently snaked its way through the valley.
The afternoon was a climb up 3000 feet to our tent site at 9,700 feet. I was the first to arrive. I always enjoy an uphill climb and the elevation doesn’t seem to affect me. For the next 180 miles we will be staying between 9000 to 13,000 feet.
It was a lovely hike and sunny day. Cold wind. I finally got a photo of a bird. It was singing on a tree right by the trail.
Tonight we are camped at Death Canyon Creek. Our party has grown and there is about 13 tents up. Brave Hamster, Sketch, Quite Nice, C not C, Cupa’Joe and others.
Paul sent a present to me at Kennedy Meadows. They are colourful and groovy shoe and sock protectors that keep the dirt, rocks, and snow out. They are called Dirty Girl Gaiters. I love them!