The last section has been incredibly intense. Long water carries, very hot days and very little shade to be found. The intensity of the hike really made me question being out here. Some days were absolutely miserable, but I changed my attitude, hiked when I wanted to, napped when I didn’t and took my time through the more grueling sections. I made it through the desert to Kennedy Meadows, where I was greeted with applause from all the hikers on the patio. What a fun tradition, it was just the boost I needed. I am delighted to be entering the Sierras. The transition walking in was incredible, first trees started popping up in the landscape then I walked along my first legitimate river of the trail. Moving forward I will only have to carry a liter or two of water rather than five or six. I will not miss the weight.
Today I will pick up my bear can and resupply and tomorrow I will head out. The desert was incredible, at times it was beautiful and at times it felt like absolute hell. I am filled with joy to be finished but will miss the sunsets, the wildlife and the flowers. I am so grateful to all the trail angels who hosted me and took time from thier busy days to surprise us on trail with food, beers, Gatorade and water.
The community of hikers and angels is truly amazing and has restored my faith in humanity. I am enjoying my rest and cheeseburger but feel renewed and am ready to get moving once more. I am excited to see what the Sierras have in store for me. The amount of beauty I am walking into may cause a meltdown of my camera. Updates will become less frequent as cellphone coverage and WiFi will be much more scarce moving forward. Thank you all again for your support and encouragement! It makes the walking easier.