The Sierra

Most of what you'll read below are selected memories and musings. After losing my phone, some of the more detailed documentation was lost. At times, I switch between past and present tense–depending on what I'd recorded in retrospect as opposed to to same-day. The 2017 Sierra snowpack was the highest it had been since 2011….

Days 34-57 | Kennedy Meadows

Finally! I've had time to edit and add to this group of days. Bear in mind that I recently lost my phone in a river. Thankfully, most of it was saved to my notes in iCloud, and my friend Mousetrap has graciously allowed me to borrow his work phone. I will be posting my Sierra…

Days 24-33 | Agua Dulce

Fears are irrational impediments. Your mind convinces you that something dire could happen at any moment, regardless of any statistical evidence to contradict it. Hi, my name is Rachel. I’m afraid of dying by falling tree, lighting strike, avalanche, and earthquake—to name just a few ways. (continued on day 31) 24- After one last breakfast…

Days 15-23 | Mile 266 Big Bear Lake

Day 15 – 0 miles – Mountain’s wife is in town, and they have a cottage near ours. She offers to drive us around, so we head to the pizza place for lunch. The guy behind the counter asks what our trail names are for our orders and photo. I say Ralphie. It’s the last…

Days 12-14 : mile 167 Burn Area Reroute and Idyllwild 

Day 10: 6 miles – no entry. Day 11 – 22 miles | Last night I woke up with a caterpillar on my face.  After 12 miles of hiking I reach Mike’s Place. Mike is the CEO of a company that makes tortilla chip equipment. He has a little ranch that is cared for during…

Days 7-9 | mile 109.51

Day 7: 8 miles – “Town” is so relaxing. I can see why hikers find it hard to leave towns, especially ones like Julian.  I’ve gathered my supply of food for the next three days and sit with a group of guys behind Carmen’s resteraunt. More than one of them comment on how much food…

Days 4-6 | mile 77.36  Scissors Crossing/Julian

Warning: feet Day 4 – 8.53 miles  I’m camped without anyone nearby for the first time. In all honesty, it’s because I can’t go any further. My feet are killing me and the goal is five miles away. I see a nice spot, but urge myself to walk on. About 20 steps later, my mind…

Days 0-3 | mile 41.7 Mount Laguna

After being picked up from the train station by Betty (after midnight), Jono and I are each given a place to stay and driven to Scout and Frodo’s* the next morning. That evening, I’m honored to have a pack shakedown from Scout himself (with a preliminary round from Peppa*). I drop over two pounds in…