We had another slow morning today, which always feels great after so many early ones throughout the trip. The plan for today was to go for a hike, but, first, Rachel needed to find a dress for her brother Wes’ rehearsal dinner, which will happen a few days after we make it to Bozeman.
She found the needle in the haystack at Ross’, and then we made our way to D.L. Bliss State Park, where we would start hiking. Our plan was to follow the Rubicon Trail along the perimeter of the lake to Vikingsholm, in Emerald Bay.
We left the campsite around 6:30AM and headed up the hill towards Sequoia National Park. At the gate to the park, we met a local cyclist named Bill.
He hung back on his road bike to ride with us to Ampitheater Point. He gave us copious information about the park and the surrounding area, in addition to giving us incentive to climb faster. He has done the climb over 100 times, and he told us that there are 24 switchbacks and 240 turns. The extra company was greatly appreciated, and there was definitely more conversation than there would have been otherwise.
Yesterday, we had again been faced with the decision to take a day off to explore, or to continue onward in order to meet our goal and to save time to see other points further along our route. Continue reading Thor’s Hammer (72)→
When the alarm went off at 3:30AM, for once, we didn’t press snooze. We were very excited about the hike up Handies and needed to start as early as possible to reduce the chances of being caught in a storm. We took breakfast to go: energy drinks, donuts, granola, and yogurt.