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Tess & Tom
Begins: Apr 24, 2008
Date: Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
End: Death Valley Creek Mile 730.8
Trip Distance: 370.6
Entry Visits: 1,134
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Tom arrived at Kennedy Meadows yesterday. It was a hard section, but he is ok. He will get shuttled around the Clover Fire today and then be hiking about 10 days to Vermillion Valley Resort. I think that he mailed some journal entries to our sweet journal tender or to me, so there will be details at some point.
I'm still healing... I'm throwing everything from PT to acupuncture at this poor tendon. I hope to meet up with Tom and resume hiking as soon as it's possible. We'll see.
Thank you for all of the calls, emails, treats and thoughts.
Dreams change. The important thing is to keep dreaming.
Change of plan took my by surprise - hiked on today. No laundry, no shower. What is the saying 'The gods laugh when men make plans'? After awaking early and organizing two hours in our sweet big tent for items to send home, to send on, to pack the bear canister for 9 days of food to be taken with us to Horsehoe Meadows, I emerged to meet the group to find that if I could be ready in an hour they'd haul us around the fire and let us continue from there. What to do, which way to run. I'm not good in these snap situations.
Made my morning extremely chaotic: for instance, I know if packaged a film card in a self mailer already addressed I could not find it. Hopefully I boxed it up in one of the boxes heading home and it'll show up.
Couldn't reach my lady. Had to leave messages. Not, not good.
So, after hiking all day and cleaning up here at Death Valley Creek I've decided my heart is no longer here. And so while the scenary is getting better and the elevation is rising (I'm camped not at 8900 feet) I'm going home until I can resume with my love. She's my world and I'm lost without her. I'm meeting Dave Cowan again at Horseshoe Meadows so I'll grab my bear canister and hitchhike down to Lone Pine and see if I can fly home.
I had a lot of time to think of this decision; part of it was the nausea that again attacked me today. I need to become complete again.
PS Thank goodness for tents: while the mosquitoes here are supposedly nothing like they are up further north, they're doing their best to show they're not slouches.
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