Ray and I really enjoyed our hike up the San Joaquin Ridge trail. The weather has warmed up and it felt good to be out again. I was worried about trying my backpack out with everything I’ll be carrying in it. The SJ Ridge trail starts out at 9265′ and goes up about 1200′ in 2.25 miles. So I got a good test going up and coming down the 2.5 miles. I won’t say it was easy. It was actually the hardest day I’ve had hiking with my pack. But Tailwinds and Liz and I will be starting our backpack in four days at around 5,600′. And, the first day out we’ll be hitting the trail around noon and only hiking up into the Sierra about 5 miles. So, hopefully I’m good to go.
My friend Tailwinds arrives tomorrow. Her mate Fred is flying her into the Mammoth Airport around 8:30am. Fred is then going to take me up in his plane to get some shots of the Sierra. Unbelievable. Normally I’m very frightened to fly in a small plane, except flying with my brother who I trust completely. I hope I’m able to hold the camera steady through my fear.
To see the tent….(i’m sure LR will be checking it out.)
Click here to see a few more photos from hike.
And now for a few photos of our very hungry birds and squirrels that weren’t happy we were away so long today…..
Ray went out early to buy some bundles of wood and fire starter. We had parkas on in the cabin. Ray asked me to make a list of what to buy at the market as he knew we weren’t leaving the cabin today. It was 39 degrees when he drove in to town at 8:30am.
Katy is my trail journal transcriber. We met online.
Katy is now my good friend.
Katy lives in Yosemite and we believe this is her 4th visit to Wood’s lodge since we’ve been coming.
Ray and I really like Katy.
Katy is not wild about me taking photos of her. I sure hope she doesn’t mind that I’ve posted what I’ve posted.
On Ray’s 66th he did 6. Six miles going up to the Mammoth Crest from Woods Lodge in Mammoth, 1500 feet, starting elevation: 9100′, ending: 10,560′. Trail grade: 616 feet per mile. Not bad Ray. Happy Birthday and thanks for a great hike and great day together. You a now an official hiker. Outta-sight. That’s your name.
Ray says that 66 feels real old, much older than 65. He said, “Just wait and see on your birthday when you turn 66.” I will probably hate it too, but I wonder how many people are out doing what we did today. Thank goodness we can still do what we love, hike.
Hanging until 10am. Special time with Ray. Movies (popcorn!) – Eat Pray Love. (yuck), Visitor’s Center, hike to Barrett’s Lake where I took way too many photos, made tacos for dinner (yummy), and have been working photos for the last couple of hours. Hope you enjoy a few of the photos I’ve posted as much as I enjoyed being out there (loaded down with full pack weight) shooting the great reflections in Barrett Lake not far from where our cabin is.
This was a first try in a long time photographing at night. I have much to learn, but am pleased I stayed up and tried.