After our three Zeroes, it was time to get back on the trail.
On the trail, our bodies reminded us that more than one Zero is tough to bounce back from. Especially when the first few miles are a climb out of the pass.
At least it was the transition from desert to forest.
Then another milestone.
That’s one quarter of the trail, 662.5 miles.
Then to our water source, the talk of the trail. Especially with signs like this.
The spring tests positive for uranium, as most do around these parts. No big deal. This one warrants a warning because the uranium content is above the safe levels to drink if this was your water source for life, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
But we only grabbed a few liters each.
Of more interest was the bear sighted at the spring just a couple of hours prior to our arrival. We didn’t see sign of a bear at all while we were there, but passed the warning to the next guy coming down for water.
A while later he passed our camp and confirmed that the bear was there. Not only did the bear visit the spring once while he was filling up his bottles, but the bear came back for a second drink.
Some guys have all the luck.
Day 58 – 13 / 665
Before leaving Ridgecrest, we saw that the forecast for the week had the remains of a tropical storm off the coast of Baja California would be moving into southern California and Arizona while a separate low pressure system would move onshore into California. We would be in the middle.
We were expecting thunderstorms in the mountains, so we got moving early as the clouds moved in. Nothing threatening, just a solid overcast with some occasional light rain. Luckily it stayed that way the whole day.
At this elevation, the blooms were everywhere, including on Jen’s favorite cactus. This one even more so, as the plant took on the shape of a heart.
As we get deeper into the Sierra Nevada, the landscape is changing rapidly. I tried to convince Jen to climb this rock in the foreground, but she was having none of it even though it was only 12′ high.
Day 59 – 16 / 681
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