Dear friends and family,

I’ve had a slight change of plans. Okay, a pretty big change of plans. Hunter dropped me  off a few days ago at the Onion Valley trailhead. My knees had not healed up as much as I had hoped over the ten days I was off trail. 

I hiked back into King’s Canyon National Park over Kearsarge Pass, which was a pretty long day. Admittedly, I packed way too much food, so my pack was really heavy. 
The next day, I hiked up and over Glen Pass. It wasn’t one of the highest passes, but it was still snowy enough to be a problem for me. With a too heavy pack, my already problematic knees just couldn’t handle it. It took me 11 hours to walk 9.5 miles that day, which is unusual. 

I was in so much pain by the end of that day that I wasn’t sure what to do. I happened to meet a guy hiking the Rae Lakes loop and he told me he had come in at Road’s End and that I could get out that way, too. 

Yesterday, I hiked the 15 miles out of the Sierras from Paradise Valley junction. I exited at Road’s End in King’s Canyon National Park. 
Today, I am hitchhiking north toward South Lake Tahoe to pick up the trail there, hopefully past the snow. 

I’ll keep you all posted on my progress as I figure things out.