Sunday, July 29, 2018

Catching Up At Home

Sunday: (07/29) I finished setting up the RV in the driveway putting the jacks down and slides out. I parked it with extra room on the left fence side which will allow me to service the generator. It was shutting down when we tried to run the air conditioner on the road. I found the oil low and added some but it still shut down after a while. I’ll replace the fuel filter and change the oil soon. I moved some things inside and washed my hiking clothes. Otherwise, I relaxed in the RV and tinkered on the computer. I did send in my PCT completion notice to PCTA. Should get a certificate and a medal.

Monday: {07/30) Lou made refried beans for breakfast. I pruned the wisteria on the arbor which obviously liked the warm growth weather. Dawn made a salad for lunch. Roast chicken with baked potatoes and ?? for dinner.

Tuesday: (07/31) I had some leftover rice and beans for breakfast. I was then off to South San Jose to get the Jeep oil changed and a few other items that were due for it. I picked up lunch at Dim Sum King on the way home. At home, I sorted and put away my hiking things. For dinner, Lou made

Wednesday: (08/01)  We went to Trader Joe’s Market for a few things. At home, I prepared spam quesadillas for breakfast. I have quite a few extra supplies to get rid of. I washed my pack, tent and air mattress cover. I installed a new oscillating fan over the dining table. It should help ventilate Dawn while we’re on the road. I also caught up on the blog entries from my notes. Nice salads for lunch. Lou made hamburgers for dinner.

Thursday: (08/02) I fixed spam hash and eggs for breakfast. I'm doing a good job getting rid of the leftover spam packets. Lou and Dawn were off to San Jose for an appointment and to do some thrifting. I was off to the dentist to have my implant preparation checked. it turns out it's 90% OK but I won't be getting the crown Monday as planned. There is a little inflammation and a small area where the bone receded. I'll be back next week to get that fixed and won't get the replacement tooth for a couple of more months. Lou called and needed me to come help get a new dinette set they have been watching at a thrift store in San Jose. The table and the five chairs fit in and on the Jeep and Hyundai. They continued on to Gunther's Deli for lunch and I headed home stopping at China Bistro in Mountain View. I was busy looking for new wipers for the Hyundai and getting information about the RV generator servicing. Lou made a salad for dinner.

Friday: (08/03) Forgot to blog today.

Saturday: (08/04) Forgot to blog today.

Sunday: (08/05) at 1530 we all went to Los Gatos park for Chris Harrington’s birthday celebration. There was a western band there for a concert in the park.

Monday: (08/06) I had a dentist appointment to get fitted for my crowns at Dr Hong’s. Lou and I went shopping afterwards and had Lunch at Applebee’s.

Tuesday: (08/07) I was off to Kaiser, first thing, for a blood test.

Wednesday: (08/08) At 1120 I visited Dr Pechak for some rework of the bone graft for my tooth implant. Dim Sum for Lunch after the numbness subsided some. Hamburger salad for dinner.

Thursday: (08/09) Leftovers for breakfast. I received my new laptop today. Dim Sum King for lunch. Dinner at Harry's Hofbrau then Lou and I went to see the movie “The Spy Who Dumped Me.”

Friday: (08/10) I started setting up new laptop. It will take a while to move my stuff over to the new laptop. I drove up to San Carlos to lyngso and purchased the base rock and geotextile fabric. I also went by Harbor Freight and bought a couple of solid tires to replace the flat tires on the dump cart. Granola with banana for breakfast. A Lou salad for lunch. I made creamed asparagus soup for dinner.

Saturday: (08/11) Lou and Dawn were off shopping and picked up Cecelia at the airport. I visited Home Depot to order the concrete and rebar for delivery and picked up a few other things. I also weeded the front lawn area and moved the used pavers to the side yard. Granola bars for breakfast. Lucky Chinese Bistro for lunch and dinner.

Sunday: (08/12) I made corned beef hash for breakfast. I then replaced the two rear wheels on the dump cart. I had to assemble the new wheels using the old hubs because I got 3.5 inch hubs rather than 3”. The new wheels are solid tires. I moved the woodpile throwing away a lot of the little stuff. Still too much left. I finished cleaning around the fence and broke out the concrete for the temporary fence posts. I need to relocate the fence during the concrete replacement.

Monday: (08/13) I made a quick run the Orchard Hardware and bought a tarp that I’ll have the baserock dumped on to keep the dirt out. I then caught Caltrain to San Francisco for a walk-about. I got off at the 22nd Street station. I had breakfast at a cafe near the station having a nice huevos rancheros. I walked along the bay trail through India Basin out to Hunters Point. I caught a bus over to the Mission District and walked up into the Castro District. I had a donut and tea there as lunch. I caught the Muni train downtown the walked through The new Trans-Bay Terminal. It was opening day there. I caught Samtrans bus #392 down to San Mateo for dinner at a Cuban restaurant then the ECR bus home .

Tuesday: (08/14) Leftover hash for breakfast. The baserock from Lyngso was delivered about 1000, the concrete from Home Depot was delivered about 1120. I moved the RV out from the driveway and parked it across the driveway. I had some computer tasks to get done in the afternoon. I also ordered a concrete dumpster. Weiners and roasted veggies for lunch. I moved two of the pallets of concrete to the backyard. For dinner we went to Lucky Chinese Bistro.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Headed Home From Bishop

Saturday: {07/28) We ate leftovers for breakfast and prepared to roll. Lou had some final shopping to do then we checked out of the Highland RV Park. Our electric bill for the month of constant running at $.24/kwh was only $156, just short of my estimate of $160. Not bad. We stopped at the casino for lunch on our way out of town.e stopped in Lee Vining and I checked the generator and added some oil. It had died while on the road. It was very low on oil. We continued North on Hwy 395 to Highway 89, then 50, 5, 205, 580, 680, 237 and home. We stopped in Placerville for dinner of leftovers then took a walk to RiteAide for ice cream. The sun was low in the sky so we visited a pizza parlor where they had Karaoke night and listened to some of the singers while we enjoyed a drink. With the sun down we continued home arriving about midnight. W tucked the RV in the driveway and hit the sack.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PCT Hike, MM903 to MM942, Reds Meadow to Tuolumne Meadows

Wednesday: (07/25) Breakfast at The Village. I drove down to the Interagency Information Center to check on the status of the trail in that Yosemite was closed due to a fire near Wawona. No problem but smoke likely. We drove up to Mammoth and they dropped me off for the shuttle. I was on trail from Reds Meadow at noon. I hiked the rest of the day about10 miles and camped above Agnew Meadows at MM916. I was within a mile of the shuttle bus stop #1. Reds is stop #10. Once I was away from Reds the scenery improved. I didn’t go to see either Devil’s Postpile nor Rainbow Falls. I’ll see those another time.

Thursday: (07/26) Up at 0530, on trail 0640. Uneventful climb toward Donahue Pass all day. While it was smoky all day yesterday, I awoke to clear skies. In the afternoon came the usual thunderstorm after which the smoke returned only to be driven back by a later storm. I made it over the pass about 1800 and camped just a little way down at MM930. 14 miles hiked.

Friday: (07/27) Up at 0530, on trail at 0630. I completed the rest of the usual rough downhill from the top of the pass and got down into the trees and nice forests again. It was 14 miles down to Tuolumne Meadows Store where I was to meet Lou and Dawn. There were some nice meadows on the way down and a lot of granite steps as well. I had my permit checked by volunteer rangers on the way. When I got to the store, I had an ice cream cone and a soda while I waited. We headed down to Mammoth Lakes to the Mammoth Brewery for a celebration meal and drinks. At home in Bishop, it was nice to get a shower and relax.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Last Zero In Bishop

Tuesday: (07/24) Breakfast at the Pupfish Cafe. I bought some fuel and bug spray at the outdoor shop downtown. We had dinner at Los Amigos again. During the day I washed my trail clothes and resupplied my pack. I also posted some recent photos to Facebook.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

PCT Hike, MM790 to MM903, Kearsarge to Reds Meadow

Saturday: (07/14) Leftover Amigos Mexican food for breakfast. We scooted down to the Kearsarge trailhead. I was on the trail by 0810. The climb up wasn't as bad as I dreaded. Once back on the PCT, I met a hiker named Alec (SOBO) from Philadelphia. He wanted to hike together because he needed a slow hiker. So we did. We hiked over Glen Pass then camped at Rea Lakes. Camped at MM793.5. Only 12 miles hiked today.

Sunday: (07/15) Up at 0540, on trial at 0700. It was mostly downhill for 7 miles then uphill. The plan was to get over Pinchot Pass but I stopped short 3 miles from the top at 1700 figuring I'd not make it over the top before 2000. I enjoyed soaking my feet on Woods Creek. Camped at MM804.


Monday: (07/16) Up at 0530, on trail 0645. The climb up Pinchot Pass wasn't bad. I met an older man with his son from Palo Alto. I also crossed the South fork of the King's River. My afternoon and evening were spent climbing over Mather Pass. I stopped for the night just before 2000 once I cleared all the rocks and saw a flat unvegetated spot. Camped MM818. 14 miles hiked.



Tuesday: (07/17) Up at 0530, on trail 0640. A strenuous hike down from Mather Pass which included the Golden Staircase. I took a 30-minute nap after the stairs. When I returned to the trail I met Alec, my hiking Buddy from before Pinchot. We hiked on to Big Pete Meadow Camp. Alicia, Andrea, and ???, Invited us to their campfire. Simon, a hiker I met near Forrester Pass joined us. Camped at MM832 for 14 miles hiked today.



Wednesday: (07/18) Up at 0530, on trail 0645. Climbed up Muir Pass six miles. There are a couple of nice meadows along the way with the King's River meandering. Everywhere else the river is rushing and falling. Nice weather and scenery at the top. I had s good lunch then started down. I shouldn’t have mentioned the nice weather. It started to rain and hail for the next four miles to Evolution Lake. I camped at MM845.5, 13 miles hiked today.




Thursday: (07/19) I walked through some pretty areas today. I had to wade across two creeks today. One was Evolution Creek, which puts most rivers to shame. I camped at MM860, a mile N. of Muir Ranch where I had stopped to get my resupply bucket. I headed toward Vermillion Valley Ranch. Alec caught up to me after the Evolution Creek crossing.

Friday: (07/20) Up 0530, on trail 0645. A climb up to Selton Pass with good views. Lunch at the top then downhill the rest of the day. I had to ford Bear Creek. I did it barefooted this time. Nice to have dry shoes but I tended to fall backward? It started to rain before 1600 and didn’t stop until 1830. I set my tent up during the rain and camped at MM873. Only 6.5 miles to Vermillion Valley Resort, my next resupply.

Saturday: (07/21) Up at 0530, on trail 0645. A 1000 foot climb over the mountain, then down even further to Edison Lake. Unfortunately, I arrived an hour late for the morning ferry. If I'd have remembered, I would have gotten up earlier. 6.5 miles to here to wait for the 1645 ferry. I took the time to dry all my things, then set my lounger up for a nap. A 19 person group had scheduled a ferry trip of their own for 1530 pickup. Fortunately, the captain allowed the 15 hikers on board too. There were a few hikers left for the 1645 run. Unfortunately, that run didn’t go because the weather turned bad. No lightening allowed on an all metal boat. I was lucky to not have to spend the night there. I started a tab at VVR, set my tent up, enjoyed a BBQ ribs dinner, collected my resupply, enjoyed a free drink, and relaxed. I camped off trail and a boat ride away at MM879 Vermillion Valley Resort by Lake Edison. Dinner of BBQ ribs, baked beans, a cobbet of corn, potato salad, and jalapeno cornbread. When I awoke at 0139 the campfire was going and s half-dozen loud talking people remained by the fire. During dinner, we had a heavy rain and hail storm. It put out the BBQ fire and some folks had other things for dinner. Glad I was first in the restaurant.

Sunday: (07/22) Awake at 0530 but the restaurant doesn't open until 0700. Nice breakfast burrito and cream cheese donut. I caught the 0900 ferry. Once at the far end of the lake, I dried the tent and washed and dried the footprint. I was finally on the trail about 1145. Beautiful area. There was a great waterfall along the tough climb up to Silver Pass. I camped just below Silver Pass at MM886.

Monday: (07/23) Up at 0530 and on trail by 0645. Today was supposed to be mostly downhill but there was a 1000 foot and couple of 500 foot climbs. When I was past the worst of the climbs I checked the time and distance to Reds Meadow (MM903). Even though I wasn’t supposed to get there until late Tuesday I decided it was worth the effort to speed up and try to get there before the last shuttle bus. I hiked 21 miles and arrived at 1850 and the last bus departed at 1910. I couldn’t reach either Dawn nor Lou by phone, a problem of never ringing the other party. A lady on the bus offered dinner and a place to stay while I waited for Lou and Dawn, who were expecting me tomorrow. She provided a nice pasta and meatball dinner and I answered all her questions about backpacking equipment and the trail. I eventually had reached Lou and they were on their way but I never got the agreed call about their arrival in Mammoth. Eventually I called them and they had been trying to reach me, but of course, the phone never rang. Verizon service is terrible. Since I didn't know the address of the condo I was at, nor did the lady, I had arranged to meet Lou at Von’s Market a few blocks away. We got home a little after 2230.

Friday, July 13, 2018

PCT Zero In Bishop

Friday: (07/13) Breakfast at the Village Pantry across the street. Lou and I looked at the Manor hardware and market. Lou found some hardware drawers for sale and got some for crafts. Then busy with laundry and drying my backpack contents. I also paid bills and made a Facebook post. Salad for lunch. For dinner, we went to Amigos Mexican restaurant downtown.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

PCT Hike, MM744 to MM790, Horseshoe Mdws to Kearsarge

Sunday: (07/08) A slow morning. We had breakfast at the Village Pantry. Great. We drove back down to Horseshoe Meadows for my return to the PCT. On trail 1200, at the top of Cottonwood Pass at 1440. Lots of rolling thunder on the way up. When I arrived at Chicken Spring Lake to get water, just as I got my pack open, it started to rain and hail for 30 minutes. I had to huddle under my umbrella. I continued on for two miles to a campsite overlooking the inland mountains. I’m now 2 miles from where I was camped before heading home 2 days ago. Camped at MM753, 1 mile South of Sequoia Park. Puma Salad camped nearby later.

Monday: (07/09) Up at 0530, on trail at 0630. At 1030 I met a ranger at MM759.5 while getting water. He said there was a new fire started last night near Tyndall Ranger Station, that may close the trail. 1300 more rain and hail. If this keeps up My Whitney hike may be interesting. Camped MM767+1 to Crabtree Meadows.

Tuesday: (07/10) Up at 0000 for the long walk to Mt Whitney.Peak. 7 miles up then 7 miles back. It rained for the last two miles home. Home at1400. I napped till 1730. Had to dry the tent and mattress. Camped at Crabtree Meadows again, MM767+1 off trail.


Wednesday: (07/11) Camped at MM778.4 below Forrester Pass. Showers from noon on. I managed to fall, pack first, into Wright Creek when a big rock rolled. Fortunately, everything dried enough just walking because there was only rare sun. I’m walking around a fire that closed Sherman Pass Trail. Yesterday Whitney Portal Road was intermittently closed due to the fire.

Thursday: (07/12) Up at 0600, on trail at 0710. I was the first hiker starting up Forrester Pass for the day. Of course, I wasn’t the first over the top. I had to settle for second. I was passed about half way up and when I got to the top, the hiker that passed me must have been two miles ahead on the downhill side. It was a 1000 foot climb, over the highest pass of the PCT,13500 feet. Then downhill for 9 miles and 3,600 feet. It then was uphill for 2000’. I exited the trail to Kearsarge pass, then hiked downhill for the last five miles. It was raining most of the way up to Kearsarge and most of the way down, but nice at the top. I found a way to afix the handle of my umbrella to my pack strap so I didn't need to hold it. I also managed to break one of my hiking poles. On one of my frequent rest stops, sitting on a rock with the pack weight removed from my shoulders, a bear came quietly down the hill about 25 feet from me and either didn’t notice me or didn’t care about me. I was slightly concerned. It obviously was not one of the human food eating bears. Fortunately, I wasn’t eating. I managed to do 18 miles today and made it to the trailhead at 2030. Lou and Dawn had just arrived to pick me up. I was able to call them earlier with an update on my arrival time. Since it was raining heavily, it was nice they were there.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Horseshoe Meadows, False Start

Friday: (07/06) Breakfast at Jack's. On trail at 0920. Arrived at Trail Pass Junction at 1035.
Poison Creek MM746.8 flowing great. Met Vadim from Israel. He mentioned a similar trail in Israel. Came by the first Alpine lake. Camped MM755 for 11.5 miles, 10 trail miles. Just entered Soquia King’s Canyon Park. When I sent my status message home I learned The RV had electrical problems. The inverter had failed. Many text messages back and forth didn’t correct it. I could either continue or return.

Saturday: (07/07) up at 0630 waiting to hear the status of Lou's RV  electrical problem. I am to return to fix it. On trail 0800 heading back to Horseshoe Meadows. Arrived there at 1400. Lou missed a turn and ended up at Whitney Portal. She arrived at 1430. We had lunch at the Mt Whitney Cafe, then drove home. Lou had been using an electric grill and the microwave oven which tripped the inverter with an overload. In her attempt to fix it she didn’t get a connector fully seated.  I reseated it and power was restored with that and her resetting a breaker. When I installed the inverter, I included connectors to allow easy bypassing it. I did bypass it because we are connected to power and it isn't needed and eliminates a possible point of failure. We went to dinner at the casino. I resupplied my pack for the use during my two days out and Lou washed my clothes. I should be back on the trail early tomorrow. Returned SB to MM750 from MM755. 5 Trail miles, 4 connector trail miles.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Zero Day In Bishop

Thursday: (07/05) Lou made a nice chorizo and eggs breakfast with the leftover muffins from breakfast a few days ago. I went off shopping for a new headlamp, new water filter, tortillas, velcro, and a drill bit. I had forgotten my drill bit kit so I need a bit to drill a couple of holes to allow a bungee cord to latch our service door when the water hose has to pass through it. My old filter seems to have become moldy so, it's gone and I needed another. I carry two. I couldn't find my second headlight so I bought a new one, a brighter white and also a bright red lamp. We also bought some more electrolyte drink mix. One set of tablets were bad and the liquid bottle in my resupply was empty. I packed things away removing some items that I likely won’t need. I added a daypack to my load for use on the Mt Whitney accent. On my last section, I came out with more than four days of food left. I glued velcro onto my shoes so I can wear my gators. Lou made a cold salad for lunch.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

PCT Hike, MM704 to MM744, Kennedy Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows

PCT Hike, MM704 - MM711
Sunday: (07/01) We stopped for breakfast in Bishop before continuing South. On the way down, in Lone Pine, I drove Lou up to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows, where I would be coming out (So I thought). We stopped for gas and lunch at a quick stop just south of Lone Pine.

Then we continued down to Kennedy Meadows Lou and Dawn dropped me off at the Kennedy Meadows Campground (MM704), then dashed off. I discovered my back belt had shrunk 3 inches since my last outing. Departed on the trail from KM at 1400.

 I'd never seen a flower like the one on the right, a ball about 4 inches in diameter.

 The South Fork of the Kern River above left.
I stopped for the night at MM711.

PCT Hike, MM711 - MM724
Monday: (07/02) I got up at 0540 and was on the trail 0620. I stopped for a nice rest stop at 0830 MM713.8 with Falcon and Flash(f) from Fairfield that I camped with last night. Lots of rest stops. I finally made 13 miles an stopped at the crest at 10500 feet. Camped MM724






PCT Hike, MM724 - MM74
Tuesday: (07/03) Up at 0600, on trail 0715. A downhill trail 5 miles to get water. Another 5 miles mostly downhill then uphill for 5 miles. I stopped for the night at MM742 for 18 miles today. Just 3 more trail miles and 2 miles on a connector. I had seen no fellow hikers all day until I was stopped alongside the trail fixing dinner at 1730, then just one girl.


 I saw the above left boulder that looked like a snake or turtle.




PCT Hike, MM742 - MM744
Wednesday: (07/04) Up 0630, on trail 0730. The trail wasn’t as bad as I expected to get to my exit trail. A girl (Dusty?), that I met about 1730 when I was cooking my dinner, passed me about 0830. She had camped one spring back. I had mentioned I’d be camping at the next waterhole but my guide didn’t show camping there, just water and it was 3/10 a mile off the trail so I had continued on. I stopped along the way to satellite text confirmation of my arrival time at 1030. Last night I estimated my arrival at 1100. As it turns out, I had exited at MM744 at Mulkey Pass. That trail trudged down a steep loose rocky trail then a mile of sand trail, all to arrive about ¾ of a mile from where I arranged to meet Lou. I had a ranger check my permit when I arrived. Surprisingly, she advised me I had to exit at Tuolumne Meadows within 30 days. That puts a kink in my plans to take a week off for a dental appointment. Lou had not arrived by noon. The ranger said she’d look for her at the Cottonwood trailhead I should have come out on. She was there. When she arrived, she had two hikers with her that she picked up in Lone Pine. The ranger also required that I return to the trail by 7/6. We stopped in Lone Pine for lunch. On our way back to Bishop, we drove up to where she’ll pick me up after the next section. Should work better since there are no turns, only one option at the end of the road. At Onion Valley, we picked up two brothers (Commando and Mohawk) and brought them up to Bishop to their motel. Time to do the wash and dry my tent. I awoke to a bunch of condensation this morning. First time so far. Laundry done, tent dried, starting to organize for the next pack load. A very good dinner at the casino. We tried to drive to the airport to watch the fireworks but it was $20 to see it and the entire town had “No Parking” signs on every street. We found we could see it best, standing in the middle of Hwy 395 in front of our RV park.