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Stephanie "GoGoGadget" Gundry
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Begins: Aug 24, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Sep 15th, 2015
Start: Little Yosemite valley
End: Yosemite Valley

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 951
Journal Visits: 5,302
Guestbook Views: 304
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Day 23!!


The final day has arrived! Our last night of camping was met with rain on and off. I was certainly happy I was sharing a tent with Marsha. I'm not sure how weather worthy my trekker would have been. Luckily, Marsha chose a great location to pitch. My suggested location was a puddle in the morning.
It was 6:30 am and I thought about getting up but had no motivation. I was having mixed emotions about wanting to finish and prolonging the trip. About this time it started raining again. This really was a damper.

After waiting for a bit, it was evident the rain was not stopping. We all decided it was time to pull up the stakes and pack up for the last time.

By the time we headed off, the rain had subsided some. Our walk to Nevada Falls was uneventful. Was it the weather? I'm not certain. The falls were fascinating but I did not get that spectacular feeling I had imagined. Maybe it was because we were at the top of the falls and we could not see it in it's entirety. The clouds, fog and mist obscured most of the view into the valley. I could tell it was beautiful but I could not see it all.

The weather continued to move from clouds, rain, fog, and sun. We started seeing more and more day hikers on the trail. And the trail moved from rock and dirt to asphalt. I knew we were close to civilization now. Once we came to the bridge over the Merced river with the view of Nevada Falls, the trail was a paved path down the mountain. Although paved, it was steep and my knees were complaining.

When I reached the sign marking the beginning (or end) of the John Muir trail, Betsi and I had walked 208 miles. I was tired, my feet hurt due to the long miles from the previous day, but we finished.

This was a great experience. I'm so thankful for my family and their support in allowing me to enjoy my time away. Even though we did not complete the trail in it's entirety I feel a sense of accomplishment. Being out in the wilderness for 23 days is not for everyone. It does make you realize you can exist without much. Food, water and shelter for sure. Warm layers would have been nice at certain points!

We have discussed finishing the 75 miles of the trail we missed. Who knows if I will or not. I've heard this is one of the most beautiful sections. Plus Muir Trail Ranch and VVR are in the mix. Oh and Muir, Silver, and Selden pass.

Maybe I'll decide to hike the entire trail again on my next milestone birthday. Anyone want to join me??

Thanks for reading and following along on our adventure. 'Till next time....

Stephanie Gundry
MaryKay Beauty Consultant

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JMT Northbound

The John Muir Trail passes through a land of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks, of lakes in the thousands, and of canyons and granite cliffs. It's also a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world. The John Muir Trail is 211 miles long and runs (mostly in conjunction with the PCT) from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney, in California.


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