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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Date: Mon, Jun 29th, 2009
Start: Vidette Meadow
End: Indpendence, CA
Daily Distance: 2.9
Trip Distance: 790.2
Entry Visits: 576
Journal Visits: 82,768
Guestbook Views: 17,245
Guestbook Entrys: 23
To the man in the BMW who gave me a ride down from Onion Valley Trailhead to Independence, I think I left my Tilley's hat in your car. My contact info is in the velcro pocket under the label inside the hat. I'll glady pay for postage if you mail it back to me. I usually have money there to take care of postage, but I think I raided it when I was in Kennedy Meadows since there isn't an ATM there.
I got up early when I noticed a lone mosquito flying by my bug bivy. I rapidly packed up and hit the trail around 5:45am so that I wouldn't be hounded by the swarms when the sun came up. I still felt my experience from going over Forrester Pass yesterday. My ankles are a bit sore and my right knee felt a little weak. Though after walking some, they loosen up.
I choose to take the scenic Bullfrong Lake trail rather then going to the Kearsarge Pass trail as they both go to the Pass. The trail lived up to its reputation and I really enjoyed it. I took a breakfast break at Bullfrog Lake. However, the final climb to Kearsarge Pass was really steep in places. I can tell that I'm off the PCT; either that or my legs are weak from yesterday. On the far side, I encountered numerous backapckers and day hikers coming up. I even encountered a thru-hiker named Sean (not me) who had come off at the Whitney Portal a few days earlier and was skipping the short section in between. At the parking lot, I waited about an hour for a ride. A nice man who was returning from the backcountry gave me a ride down to the Post Office in the town of Independence.
I now have to worry about replacing my warm hat that I lost before Guyot pass and possibly my sun hat. If anyone in the area has an extra fleece or wool cap, I need one. I've been sleeping with my wind shirt wrapped around my head for warmth at night.
A Walk North On The PCT - 2009
One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.
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