We weren’t in a big hurry this morning and took our time to get packed up. I ate a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, sausage and eggs at the Kennedy Meadows General Store. Pancake power!
Monarch and I hit the road at about 10:00 am and walked the .7 miles back to the trailhead. Â From there we headed north! Â The path was flat and sandy as it followed the Kern River. Â While soft, sand is also rather hard to walk on as it takes more energy. Â It was hot on the valley floor. Whew!
After a few miles, the trail crossed over the Kern River via a wooden bridge. Â We stopped for a snack break and Monarch, who previously guided rafting tours and loves the water, jumped in right in. Â I put my feet in the river too and it was COLD! But refreshing 🙂
After crossing the bridge, the trail began climbing into the mountains. Â At first the trail meandered through the trees, but then the path travelled through another burn area without any shade. Â We took a lunch break at a stream with Spider Mama and Tetris and refilled our water bottles.
After lunch the trail reached an elevation of about 8000 feet and crested a ridge – and suddenly the burn area was behind me and mountains towered majestically all around. Â A lovely alpine meadow stretched out before me, providing a pleasant foreground for the Sierras in the distance. Â It only took 710 miles to get here but I finally made it! Â THIS is why I’m hiking the PCT!
“The hills are alive… with the sound of music,” I couldn’t help but singing.
Water is abundant in the mountains so I don’t have to worry as much about carefully calculating the distance between water sources and carrying extra liters of water. Â Yay! Â I stopped at a steam running through the meadow to fill another bottle.
Monarch, Spider Mama, Tetris and I dry camped at the top of a hill in some trees. Â The boys (Bottom, Donkey Kong, Sinatra, Sea Biscuit and Sizzle) camped nearby but we were separated from them by some trees. Â It was kinda nice to have a girls night. A strand of conversation wafted through the trees from the boys area – one of them was commenting on his balls. “Take a look at this,” he said “I don’t think this looks right.” Â We looked at eachother and burst out laughing.
We cooked dinner together and watched the birds swooping and diving. Â These birds make a very unsettling sound as they dive. Â I’ve never heard a sound like it before – it definitely sounds like a larger animal or maybe even a person. Â The bird call continued to startle me every time I heard it, even after we figured out what it was.
PCT 2017 Stats
PCT Day 62 – Wednesday June 13
Kennedy Meadows Mile 702.2 to Mile 715
PCT Miles Hiked Today: 12.8
Feet Ascended Today: 2850
Feet Descended Today: 510
Current Elevation: 8384
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