Pacific Crest Trail

My bounce box bounced back at me

Day 66 I don’t know if I have ever properly explained what a “bounce box” is. If I have, then I’ll be repeating myself a bit here. Basically it is just a box with stuff that you keep sending to yourself along the way either as general delivery (where the package is waiting for you at the post office) or to some place offering to hold your package (possibly for a fee). I think it…

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A farewell to the Sierras and a visit to South Lake Tahoe

Day 65 Today I had two goals: Enjoy the last day in the Sierras and visit an all you can eat buffet in South Lake Tahoe. I told myself to not just rush it and miss the nature to get to town, so I got up a bit early and also noticed a two mile discrepancy between my guide book and my phone app, so that added further time. Despite this, I think the Sierras…

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Sonora Pass and superlatives

Day 62 I thought today was going to be boring. I was wrong. Got up particularly early today to compensate for being behind schedule. While having dinner and packing down camp by the light of my headlamp, I suddenly looked up and gasped as I two eyes were starring directly at me from twenty feet away. A split second later, however, I realized it was one out of four deer that had sneaked up on…

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Soda Springs

Day 60 Had most of my stuff packed so soon after I had had a quick breakfast, I checked out of the hotel. I walked about a mile down to route 120, which is the major route transversing Yosemite from east to west. I had planned to hitch from there and if that didn’t pan out take the one daily bus departure at about nine am. I thought it would be a relatively easy hitch…

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A zero day in Lee Vining

Day 59 I’ll be frank with you: nothing epic happened today here in the somewhat touristy and mostly calm Lee Vining. So bear that in mind should you continue reading. Speaking of bearing or rather bears, I also apologize for staying here and not camping in Tuolumne, which apparently is kind of the epicenter of bear activity. That could potentially have led to more interesting posts than this one. When I woke up I was…

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Island Pass, Donahue Pass, and Lee Vining

Day 58 Probably more than I have ever done before here on trail I just wanted to feel clean again and get back to civilization for a short while. The Vermilion Valley Resort didn’t really cut it with their lack of water, so I hadn’t had a shower since Bishop, which was eight days ago. Between a shower and me were twenty two miles and two passes. I convinced myself to not focus on just…

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