Another Update from Our Dedicated Hikers, James and Eva

by Alex Fuller-Young on August 13, 2010

From South Lake Tahoe, California. Internet cafe near Motel 6. 64 miles left to go to finish PCT in California, Echo Summit to Donner Pass. Since last visit to computer at Mammoth Lakes, we walked north from Red’s Meadow past the JMT (John Muir Trail)/PCT split up to Thousand Island Lake, then back south on the JMT 15 miles to rejoin the PCT where we had left it, hiking north again over the same PCT miles; this extra effort in order to claim ALL of the miles of the JMT. (We hiked down into the Yosemite Valley to finish the JMT. A zillion people in the Valley, pizza and beer…..took the bus back up to Tuolomne Meadows, first time in a motor vehicle in a month.) North of Tulomne, the steepest and hardest climbs on the whole PCT; Benson Lake, the “Riviera of the Sierra”, with its unique broad sand beach flanked by snow clad crags. Too cold for us to swim. 75 miles or so twixt Tulomne Meadows and Sonora Pass, 9600 feet with two lane paved Hwy 108 over, with the steepest of grades down slope to the west. We met some day hikers heading up over the crest south, and somehow Woodrose conned one of their party, who was near the car, to give us a ride down to Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station, since 1917, where we had sent our resupply box, via UPS to an address “57 miles east of Sonora on HWY 108”. It was off the grid, replete with mules and wranglers, Mexicans and Tea Partiers in giant motor homes. We had a grand time, doing our laundry, showering, a room in the main building, fine chow in the restaurant, a saloon dating from 1917, and of course I reveled in singing Nicaraguan songs for the Mexicans, who perhaps thought me odd for a gringo hiker, but listened intently and bought me beers. Got a ride back up to Sonora Pass with “No-Sweat”, an 85 year old hand from KMR. North to Echo Summit, another 75 miles, incredible geological changes, some wicked hail storms, the internet cafe is closing in 5 minutes. Please forward this to all ESdL/RTL supporters, Peace, Love and Health to all, Muleskinner and Woodrose

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