Also, he returned to us from the John Muir Trail, having hiked all 211 miles over 17 days. You’ll see from his photos why he may have considered staying there. The world looks a little different from 10,000 feet.
Next up for us: we’re heading back to Texas for about a month. We’ve got a Longhorn to get settled back in at UT, we’ve got some medical appointments to take care of, and we need to reconnect with family, friends, Tex-Mex and BBQ!
The boys are back on the John Muir Trail, to complete the approximately 150-mile portion from Mammoth Pass south to Mount Whitney. (Last week, they hiked the approximately 60-mile portion from Mammoth Pass north to Happy Isles, and I picked them up in holy-shit-is-this-place-crowded Yosemite.)
So while they’re backpacking, I’m day-hiking, but on trails that are designated “popular,” “easy to follow,” “heavily trafficked,” or any combination thereof. I’ve not been blessed with a very accurate sense of direction, so when I’m hiking solo, I do what it takes to keep myself safe and un-lost.
Since I was in the Ansel Adams Wilderness for most of my time on the trail, I took the liberty of using black & white filters on some of my photos as an homage. They’re nice, but definitely not of the same caliber as Mr. Adams’ artwork.