/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

... and into the Sierras we go!

written Jun 2, 2017 @ 03:25 AM after hiking 2.43 miles

After spending the night behind the Kennedy Meadows general store, it was time for our pre-Sierras near-o.

First things first: a breakfast featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes (with eggs, bacon, and potatoes). The pancakes were enormous, but I still managed to pack down 1.5 of them somehow. (I'm grossly proud of this.)

Huge. How I ate 1.5 of these is still a mystery to me.

Then it was time to pick up our packages and sort through our first food-containing maildrop (which, also included all of our Sierra gear, like a mountaineering axe, crampons, and a bear can).

I sent myself too much food, so a lot of it was then re-mailed to myself later down the trail so I don't have to buy yet more mashed potatoes.

I also sent home a fair amount of gear that I won't use again, like my warmer-weather sleeping bag and my tent -- now that I have trees, I can use my hammock!

Monk and I process our maildrops

While that was happening, we did laundry -- never pass up an opportunity to wash the only clothes you have and wear every single day!

Drying our clean clothes <3

Finally, it was time to load up our massive packs (tons of gear, but not quite as heavy as when we were in the desert, so that's a plus), hitch a ride to the trailhead, and start hiking toward the Sierras!

I can't believe it's here already, but I'm totally excited.

And away we go!