Thailand 2017 – Wat Phra Kaew and Bo.lan

Thailand 2017 – Wat Phra Kaew and Bo.lan Day 2 November 2 We began our tour of Bangkok by visiting Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace. Grouped together into one compound, these two sites are the most popular tourist attractions in the city.   We…

Thailand 2017 – Arrival in Bangkok

Thailand 2017 – Arrival in Bangkok Day 1 Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 Daniel and I love to travel together. Before I began my 2017 PCT hike, we discussed the possibility of traveling abroad after my trip was over. But we lost track of the idea during the summer and I had all but completely…

The Journey Home

The Journey Home October 2017 I awoke on Tuesday, October 3 at Little Yosemite Valley Campground with swollen lymph nodes and a painfully sore throat. It was time to get out of the backcountry and back to civilization where I could lay low and recover from whatever illness had descended on me. I previously made…

Yosemite National Park Part II

Yosemite National Park Part II Sunday Oct. 1 – Monday Oct. 2 I was not in a big hurry to break camp this morning as we only planned to hike about 4 miles to the Little Yosemite Valley backpacker’s Campground. We left camp by mid-morning and took the Yosemite Valley shuttle to the Mist Trail…

Yosemite National Park Part I

Yosemite National Park Part I Friday Sept 29-Sat Sept 30 On Friday, September 29, I began my post-PCT Hike adventure in Yosemite National Park. I bid goodbye to Beth and Jaime and hitch-hiked down to the Yosemite Valley floor. I quickly got a ride this time from a backpacker who was about to begin his…

PCT Day 168 – Thursday, September 28

PCT Day 168 – Thursday, September 28  Lyell Fork Creek Mile 931.2 to Tuolumne Meadows Mile 942.5 PCT Miles Hiked Today: 11.3 Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1812.8 Feet Ascended Today: 285 Feet Descended Today: 1936 Current Elevation: 8100 When I awoke this morning I was COLD. It’s one of the few times on my hike…

PCT Day 167 – Wednesday, September 27

PCT Day 167 – Wednesday, September 27  Mile 915.9 to Lyell Fork Creek Mile 931.2 PCT Miles Hiked Today: 15.4 Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1801.5 Feet Ascended Today: 3796 Feet Descended Today: 2340 Current Elevation: 10203 Steps:  It was cold when I awoke this morning – another night below freezing. I packed up as quickly…