After a week off, I made the decision to get back on the trail, taking it easy and expecting Mighty Mouse to catch up provided she could get back on the trail. We figured that I might get to Kennedy Meadows a bit before she would and I could wait there or go home for a little while at that point.
Got back on the trail after a week at home. Climbing isn't a gentle way to get back into the swing of hiking...
Gained about 3900 feet of elevation and lost about 1300, so I ended up bout 2600 feet higher than I started at.
The numbers don't look all that impressive, but the hiking was, especially on feet and legs that have gotten used to the pampered existence at home.
Had good views of some impressive rock formations, and also the nasty smog layer splicing into the mountains from the valley below. Hard to believe that I normally live under that muck.
12 miles today, 12 or 13 tomorrow before the first water. That meant that I started off with a lot of water. Water is pretty damn heavy, and I wasn't enjoying the weight. At least the pack gets lighter as I drink.
Headed even higher tomorrow, might be back to chilly nights for a while here in the mountains.
I can't remember where I pitched my tent this night. I have in my memory that it was just off the trail among some bushes with a couple other hikers in the vicinity.
Mighty Mouse's blog for this part of the trail: http://www.timandgerri.com/blog---2016/day-34-mile-34187-35389