The end of the desert is in sight!May 31 2017

Kennedy Meadows, at last

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Seven hundred miles!Seven hundred miles!

Today, I crossed 700 miles! This is an ordinary milestone, except that mile 702.2 marks the end of the desert!

Now is when things get hard. But hey: no more water issues! Well, issues with not having enough water, anyway.

First things first: pick up my 6 resupply packages, which contained my mountain gear. In the mountains, I'll be switching from my tent to my hammock, adding a mountaineering axe and crampons, upgrading my sleeping bag, and getting warmer clothing (gloves, etc.)


Next it was time to hear to the local bar and get a burger.

Double cheeseburger!Double cheeseburger!

On the way back from the saloon, we stopped by and chatted with the author of the definitive guidebook to the PCT: Yogi! She was super nice and we bought some gear from her outfitting store that she's starting. (Side note: as of right now, she's the only female double triple-crown holder, meaning she has hiked all of the Appalachian Trail, the PCT, and the Continental Divide Trail. Twice.)

Tomorrow is when we go through our food supplies and then hit the trail again!

The road into Kennedy Meadows and out of the desertThe road into Kennedy Meadows and out of the desert
... and into the Sierras we go!Jun 02 2017