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Ncalcamper - John Muir Trail Journal - 2011

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City: Alameda
State: CA
Country: United States
Begins: Jul 29, 2011
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Start: Bishop, CA
End: Pinecrest Lake
Trip Distance: 104.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 474
Journal Visits: 10,727
Guestbook Views: 1,468
Guestbook Entrys: 30

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Day 15 - Reunited with the Family

My original plan was to take the bus to Reno where my sister-in-law lives and have Lynne and the kids pick me up on Saturday. While on the bus, I realized I would be passing right by Hwy 108, the Sonoran Pass, which leads to Pinecrest Lake where my family was. For some reason, only McKenna was able to get random texts from me if her phone was in the right place in her room at the cabin! I texted my alternative plan and Lynne was able to call me (from a pay phone) literally seconds (not kidding) before I lost cell service to confirm the alternative plan.

To save them the extra trek to Reno there and back home, I got off the bus at the junction of Hwy 395 and Hwy 108. This was not a normal bus stop! But the driver had already agreed to let another guy, who actually turned out to be a backcountry ranger off the bus. We both grabbed our backpacks and crossed the street. Ranger Michael put on is Ranger uniform shirt to try and help his chances of a ride. The only people to stop were folks going to the Marine training station only about seven miles up the road. I think the fact that I was there didn't help! I think more people would have stopped for Ranger Michael had I not been there! Since it was early when I finally got a hold of Lynne, it took them a while to get to me. Ranger Michael and I had almost two hours waiting together and talked about a whole bunch of things. Eventually, this green Subaru stops and it turns out that it's Michael's friend Sarah! I was tempted to leave with them and try and flag Lynne down while driving in the oppositive direction. I asked Sarah for some water (I had been sharing my water with Michael who fogot water!). She gave me some water from her bottle and an ice cold Modelo beer. I took it because I was a little nervous to be waiting on the side of the road by myself! Figured it would hydrate (a little) and relax me while I wait! Within 20 minutes, Lynne and the kids came and it felt like it was all meant to be. Michael and I were good company and we both got picked up by people who love us!

I cried when I hugged Lynne and kids. It was so good to be with my family. I felt solace being around people who were experiencing the same loss that I was. My poor kids, losing two grandmothers in five months! It's just awful! But we have our family to get through this.

I still have lots of pictures that I'd like to add to this journal, but I'm going to take my time. I feel like I have reflected a lot on this journey, but not sure what else I may or may not have to say. I'll just have to wait and see. This may be my last entry, there may be others. Either way, I want to thank everyone for the incredible support I have received by everyone. My family, bother, sister, uncles, aunt, cousins, friends, co-workers, and fellow hikers. I'm especially appreciative of all the wonderful Guestbook entries. Wow! I'm impressed that so many people took the time to post a well wish. I'm really pretty happy with the journaling system that provided. I hope you liked it too!

I think I will continue to take this week off of work. I really wants some time to check in with my family and think about my mom. I'm grateful that I made the decision to leave the trail early so I can devote some time to be with my family and to mourn the loss of my beloved mother. I love you Mom, and will miss you forever!

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John Muir Trail - 2011

The John Muir Trail runs for 211 miles from Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, CA to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States. The trail passes through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the US, including three National Parks, eight mountain passes, ranging from 9,000 to 13,000+ feet, and crosses only one road in its entire length.

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