June 8, Day 48 – It was all worth it

Waking up at Grumpy’s was exciting. I slept in until 6:30 knowing that breakfast wouldn’t start until 8. We all gathered on the porch around 7 and chatted for an hour before sitting down in front of the biggest and best pancake I have ever eaten in my life. I got a burrito and a pancake. Just as I started to get hungry again at 11 they informed us the kitchen was open for lunch. Hamburgers and tator tots were next for me. Along with an ice cream bar. We spent all day on the porch of Grumpy’s. I got some stretching in, and not just the elastic on my waistband. I also massaged my feet, took a shower and organized my pack for the sierras. I had added a bear can, microspikes and a fleece layer top and bottom. This meant I had to pack my backpack differently. I had gotten into a routine every day of packing it a certain way and now that was changing. Around 3, we finally decided to put a deadline on our departure. We wanted to head to trail at 4 and do around 5 miles. We all felt really laid back and we were going to be doing less miles per day in the Sierras. We ended up getting on trail at 5. It was Pepe, Price Point, Honeybear, Candy Corn and I. We have a good crew and are planning on going the next 90 miles to Bishop together.

A lot of people have talked about how ready they are for the Sierras and how over they are of the desert. I’ve said the same thing many times but I realized today as we walked from sand to dirt that the desert was an amazing experience. I only had 3 days where I really struggled and they were all due to it being above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I greatly enjoyed myself and would do it over again in a heartbeat. We’ve met a lot of people who decided to skip past certain parts for various reasons but most of the time it’s because it was too hard for them. Lots of people see the temperature go up and they just hop in a car and hitch around. It amazes me that people can do that but everyone has a different way they want to experience the trail. Too many want the easy way. Walking into the Sierras wouldn’t feel the same if I had skipped the hard parts.

Miles: 4.5 Total Miles: 706.7

Ahhhh water. We should be seeing a lot more of this than we did in the last 700 miles. I’m only carrying 3 liters of water capacity instead of the 5 I had in the desert.

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