The Sierras have truly blown my mind and exceeded all my expectations. I am having the time of my life. I finally have my trail legs under me and have been consistently busting out 20 mile days. I am half way through California.
Mornings have been incredibly hard, daily I wake up homesick, I miss my husband, I miss my cat, I miss my friends. I pack up and walk through some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen in my life and it lifts my spirits. I go to bed nightly sore, exhausted, and feeling like the king of the world. I passed the 900 mile marker yesterday and have found the most wonderful trail family to share in my adventure.
I am currently hiking with Snow White, Turtle, Crouton, Road-kill and Bird man. Their enthusiasm and positivity have kept me sane and moving. They are are a really great crew and hysterical, I could not ask for a better group to hike with. It is a nice change of pace from all the alone time.
I never want to leave the Sierras. I love the mountains, the trees, the wildlife and the Alpine lakes. Today we are parked in Mammoth, CA at an AirBNB. I finally feel like a true hiker. I came into this experience green and out of my element, it is my first true backpacking trip. I am flying by the day hikers and JMT hikers and my legs do not feel like my own, they are solid and strong. I am grateful for my body, I have put it through the ringer but it is truly rising to the occasion. I am in the best shape of my life and only getting stronger. Less than 200 miles and I am out of the Sierras and into Northern California.
I am determined to make it to Canada and am on pace to do so. I am still so humbled and grateful for this experience, it has been everything I expected and more. I am eager to see what is still to come.