mile 708.7 – 723.3
14.6 miles

I’m going to make this quick because I am currently being eaten alive by mosquitos. 

Today began the transition into the Sierras. Mama Sita and I started out today walking through a burned forest in a high desert landscape, and we are ending the day at 10,393 feet, surrounded by pines and mosquitos. 

I’ve had no service at all since leaving Kennedy Meadows and didn’t have much to speak of while I was there. We’ve been walking along mountain valleys. My last communications with Hunter were disjointed because of the bad internet connection at Grumpy Bear’s and I’m missing him. It’s only been a few days since we talked, but I was seeing heart-shaped rocks all over the place today. I’m hoping for service tomorrow. 

It’s so quiet here. We stopped for a long lunch at a creek and it was the most peaceful I’ve felt in a long time. I took a nap in the sun, while Sita took pictures of the swallows who build their nests under the little bridge over the creek. Other hikers took their breaks there, too. I’ve never heard thru hikers stay this quiet. 

I heard that the mosquitos up here will carry you away if you’re not careful and I’m getting a little preview right now. Perhaps cowboy camping isn’t the best idea for this section, but I’m not going to set up my tent now. I’ll just scrunch down into my bag and endure. 

Today’s hike was powered by new scenery.