After spending the night behind the Kennedy Meadows general store, it was time for our pre-Sierras near-o.
written Jun 2, 2017 @ 03:25 AM after hiking 2.43 miles
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.)
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!
While that was happening, we did laundry -- never pass up an opportunity to wash the only clothes you have and wear every single day!
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.