After a Zero day in Mammoth Lakes for resupply and to fix equipment issues, our incredible hosts and new friends dropped us off so we could hop we hopped on the bus to Red’s Meadow.
Although we were already starting late, we grabbed burgers and beer at the grill before heading up trail.
Alternate forms of transportation.
Choices and orders.
A quick detour through Devil’s Postpile National Monument.
Then the remainder of the day in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
An afternoon of thunderstorms, rain and hail that had us salivating for a phenomenal sunset. That didn’t quite happen, but it was still nice.
Jen taking in the view.
We settled down for a beautiful night with an almost full moon. Everything was clear, including the radar that we could access with a strong signal.
Except we were in a gap in radar coverage. Soon after sunset we were zipping up the tent and wondering how safe we were in our chosen campsite. Beautiful for an evening and morning view, incredibly exposed for the night of thunderstorms we were about to endure.
The only thing to do at that point was sleep, which we did.
Day 81 – 13 / 920
After a night of almost continuous rain, the sunrise wasn’t what we were hoping, but it was still quite nice.
Peaks, glaciers and 1,000 Island Lake.
Classic Ansel Adams Wilderness.
A close encounter with Alan.
Why Alan? Because of this little video, which always makes us laugh. Watch it and not laugh. I dare you.
Donahue Pass, the southern trail entrance to Yosemite National Park.
More glaciers and beautiful water.
Due to a combination of camping restrictions and suggestions to avoid bears, we decided to push all the way into Tuolumne Meadows, where we would resupply.
That decision meant that we would get in our biggest day of hiking, 23 miles. We had a couple of 20.4 mile days as we approached Tehachapi a month ago, but never anything we could round up to 21 miles. The past couple of weeks here in the Sierra really strengthened the legs, so we were comfortable and cruised into camp.
Day 82 – 23 / 943
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