Miles walked: 16.5 (mostly bonus miles over Kearsarge Pass)
At the turn off to Kearsarge Pass the trail steepened sharply. The hike up was slow and arduous. I had less than 1000 calories off food to last me this hike out to town and I was feeling sluggish.
Bullfrog Lake was the first of a few stunningly clear lakes we passed today. As we gained elevation, more lakes and waterfalls would appear. The beauty of this place is really difficult to capture.
The guy simply responded with “I’ve got to get it to Canada.”
The girls struggled to control their laughter when hearing this and as the guy walked off laughter erupted.
From Kearsarge Pass to the Onion Valley trail head was four beautiful miles. More scenic lakes framed by snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, and trickling streams. At one of the bigger lakes, I arrived to find Ziploc and Kate with their packs off filtering some water. It was very hot, so I dropped my pack, took off my shirt, and went for a swim.
The water was very cold albeit refreshing. I was only in for 20 seconds and then got out and back into the sun to warm up. I then realized I was missing the sunglasses that had been on top of my head. The three of us walked back to the spot where I’d went swimming. From the shore, I could see my sunglasses about 10 feet out and 5 feet down. I waded out using trekking poles for balance on the slick rocks. With trout swimming around my legs I lifted my sunglasses from the floor of the lake with my toes.
|Circus Act - sunglasses fetching
We started walking Onion Valley Road which is over twelve miles into town. I walked ahead of the girls who had stopped where they had a cell signal to try to contact a trail angel for a ride. I walked for three miles and only one car had driven by and it had been full with the other hikers we’d seen. I rested in the shade of a single pine tree in the hot and desert terrain. To my surprise, a car rounded the hairpin turn above me and pulled over. Ziploc and Kate were already inside and a wonderful woman who had been day hiking picked me up also. She drove us to the town of Independence where Kate and I had both mailed resupply packages.
|Onion Valley Road
We decided the town of Independence sucked, so we hitched to Lone Pine. We got a ride within two minutes from a great guy named Cameron. He was so awesome that even after driving past the hostel we were going to, he turned around and drove us back. Kindness like this is a rare quality in a person these days.
We checked in, showered, did laundry across the street, and made some phone calls. I talked with my daughter who’s taking a few classes at college this summer. It was great to hear her voice. I miss her so much.
Hiker hunger was in full effect for me. Before dinner, I had drank a 32 oz. double IPA, ate a banana and 7 double stuff Oreos. At dinner, I ate a plate of fried wontons and a family portion of Kung Pao. When I was done eating, Kate offered me the rest of her dinner which she couldn’t finish. I inhaled that too. After leaving the restaurant, we walked to the store and bought ice cream sandwiches.
Tomorrow we’re going eat as much as humanly possible and then try to get back up to that remote trail head somehow. We’ll continue our hike in the Sierra and push onward to our next resupply in about 90 miles or so.