Status Updates

Hello all of you wonderful readers. I just wanted to give you a couple status updates!

We are currently in Tehachapi, but because there is a lag in blog posts we are probably actually somewhere between Walker Pass and Kennedy Meadows as you read this. We are almost to the Sierra Nevadas! We couldn’t be more excited. In order to finish up the last couple of days in the desert we actually bounced a bunch of stuff ahead to ourselves to lighten up our packs. In this next stretch there are a lot of twenty mile water carries, so having our packs as light as possible is ideal. Included in that are the iPad and keyboard that I have been using to write posts and work on podcasts. I will be getting them back in Kennedy Meadows where we will be taking a zero day, so if there is a little lapse in posts don’t worry, it is only temporary! Also, another podcast is in the works, but with night hiking and now bouncing the iPad up it probably won’t be finished until after the Sierras. Just a FYI.

Yesterday we got into Tehachapi after our fourth night of night hiking. We came in to a beautiful morning after walking through another wind farm and managed to get a hitch pretty easily from HWY 58.

Luckily for us the heat broke today, so we will be able to hike out tomorrow on more of a normal schedule. Night hiking was an adventure, and definitely worth it to avoid the heat, but it was really hard and we felt exhausted constantly. When we got in yesterday we had to wait until eleven to check into our hotel room. To pass the time we wandered around Albertsons and bought way too much food, babbled like crazy people, looked pathetic enough to be offered multiple rides, and finally got to our hotel room where we pressured the owner to let us in early by falling asleep on his doorstep. Once inside our room we passed out for a solid nine hours. Then we slept again last night. One more night tonight of normal sleep and our bodies might be back on a regular schedule. I don’t know how nurses and other people who work crazy schedules do it.

The next couple of days do promise some new experiences though because we are going stoveless in order to cut down on our need to carry so much water. We have never gone stoveless before but I’ll try anything once.

In general we are good. Moral has had its ups and downs as we continue to battle our way through this desert section, dealing with heat and blisters and being unimaginably dirty. Everything I own is covered in snot which is caked in dirt. So that’s yummy. The desert is a proving ground. It is hard and it will test you. We have had our dark moments but always we have looked forward to the mountains ahead, to the water and the beauty that everyone promises. Now we are almost there and we are giddy with anticipation. So expect to hear from us again on the 18th of June, from Kennedy Meadows, the gateway to paradise.

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8 thoughts on “Status Updates

  1. You are in the area where I did my first conservation corps job! Enjoy the relief of the sierras 🙂

  2. Happy trekking. I keep hoping those blisters will go away. What do you think of all these windmills?

  3. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and fun stories! I lived in Tehachapi for a summer, and I’m enjoying imagining your journey through SoCal and into the Sierra Nevada. Happy trails!

  4. Beautiful pictures. I used to work nights in summer and remember being awed by the sunset, moon rise, stars shining, moon set and then the sunrise as I was out in the fields all night for thirteen hour days. It was a truly blessed time even if sleeping during the day was a challenge. You have survived this challenge very proud of all three of you. 🙂 PMS

  5. Walker Pass, Walker Lake… named after Capt. Joseph R. Walker, leader of a company of fur trappers that came across the Great Basin in 1833, first American to see Yosemite Valley from the ridge above. Discovered the gold fields in Prescott, Az when half blind. Retired to Martinez, Ca and buried there in 1876. I visit his grave about once a month. Greatest mountain man of them all.

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