Saturday, June 07, 2008

5 on 6.7.8

Five years ago today, Steve was donning his Converse and I was
slipping on my flip flops for a day of marriage, Mexican food abd
dancing.

We celebrated five years of wedded bliss yesterday with a visit to the
Lone Pine Film History Museum, a drive around the Alabama Hills (where
this picture was taken), and by taking Patty out for a wonderful
dinner at Seasons restaurant.

This morning, during breakfast with Tarzan and Zelda, we talked Patty
into hiking the next 40 miles with us.

We are heading back to the trail now, and will continue the
celebration tonight with Ramen, fresh mountain filtered water and
camping :)

Friday, June 06, 2008

Call 911!

Steve was attacked by a baby graboid from Tremors 2!

Mt. Whitney

This is the view from our room. You can see Mt. Whitney in the
distance - the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S.

When we hiked Mt. Whitney with Steve's mom in 2005, we met a lady who
was hiking a section of the PCT with her husband. She said they had
just gotten married and he wanted to do the hike, so she decided to go
with him. I remember thinking, "I will NEVER do that!"

I guess the joke is on me.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Ian and Lea told Baby David his Aunt and Uncle made it to Kennedy Meadows


This was his response!

Photography Isn't LandShark's Calling

We have made it to Kennedy Meadows! This is significant for several
reasons...

1. Kennedy Meadows is the place hikers talk about since the very first
day - it is the official beginning of the Sierras and the snow. Plus,
now we get to carry bear canisters and ice axes for 500 miles, BUT
water is much more frequent, so the weight is almost a wash.

2. The PCT is divided into 5 sections and we have now completed one.
We are officially out of Southern California and have moved into
Central California.

3. At mile 702, we can now say we have LESS than 2,000 miles to go!
Woohoo!

Our favorite mama Fainer took days off work to come pick us up and
take us to Lone Pine for a little R&R before heading into the big
mountains (Kennedy Meadows doesn't have a hotel). This picture was
taken at Grumpy Bear restaurant where we stopped for lunch before
heading out.

We will try to post pictures of food during our little break, as that
seems to garner the most interest and comments. I guess our dirty legs
are just not that interesting!

P.S. Happy birthday to Cammy!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Nothing Like a Giant Burrito

To help prepare LandShark for the 5 pound pancake challenge just south
of the Oregon border.

Hello Legs, part two.

Winner, and undisputed leg dirt champion of the world...LandShark!

Hello Legs, part one.

Jane is modeling her leg for your amusement. Her sock only goes so
far, then its dirt nearly up to the knee. And that's just 85 miles
worth of dirt. I've got her beat though. See above.

On the 5th Night of Camping...

My true love said to me - "you stink!"

Taking four days off from the trail means feeling like a stranger when
you get back on. There was a whole new crop of people, and one old
friend - So Far.

Some heavily advertised trail magic took place at mile 618 on
Saturday. This worked out with our schedule so we were able to enjoy
some lovely french toast courtesy of Frodo and Scout, 2007 hikers.
However because this was such a well known event, many people planned
on attending, and by the time we left at 10:15, there were about 30
hikers there, most of whom we did not know.

We took it easy on this last stretch, doing about 18-19 miles a day.
Nothing else too exciting except that we saw two fighter jets flying
low through the canyons where we were hiking. We have seen more jets
than deer!

This morning we were able to hitch into Onyx, which as you can see
from the picture, is really just a gas station. Here we sit waiting
for the bus to take us to Lake Isabella, where we will enjoy
desperately needed showers.