PCT miles 683.10 to 702.23
Today I will hike back down these mountains to the South Fork of the Kern River and follow it up to Kennedy Meadows.
I got up late, found my sleeping bag dewed again, and set it out to dry in the sun while I ate breakfast and studied the map and water report. That is when I noticed that the Market in Kennedy Meadows closes at 4pm. I started wondering if I could hike 20 miles in 8 hours in order to get a hamburger and soda for lunch. (it turns out I can)
I looked back to where I had come from yesterday and saw much of the area covered in clouds. I hope that helps the people hiking up through the tree Falls today!
It looks like recently the trail was under water due to the snow melt. I found a bobcat footprint next to the trail
The PCT hikers camp and hang out at the Kennedy Meadows Market just a half mile off the trail. I hiked up, got my burger and ran into Peter and Dave both of whom stayed with Frodo and Scout with me in San Diego. They are heading out tomorrow to get to Onion Valley, about 8 days away.
I had set resupply packages to Kennedy Meadows, food and my microspikes I forwarded from Agua Dulce, but was surprised to have a third package from my coworkers. They sent me a bottle of wine, a flask of bourbon and a Cuban cigar!
I have decided to pace myself and have the wine with dinner – a Friday night locals potluck that PCTers are invited to. It was great of turkey sloppy-joes, chips, cheese and olives in balsamic and chicken wings.
At about 8pm, just as it was getting dark, “Knots” arrived. He started at Campo and has been hiking 34 mile days, from 4am to 9pm, which is amazing! And get this: his PCT hike was training for what he is about to do: set an unsupported speed record for the Appalachian Trail starting soon! Wow, and people thought I was nuts!
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