John Muir Trail
This trip was a dream come true! KB, Allie and I enjoyed 11 days in the wilderness hiking through some of the most beautiful National Parks, Forests and Wilderness areas in America. We hiked approximately 72 miles of trails starting in Yosemite National Park and going down to INYO National Forest and the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
The highlights from this trip included; Hiking to the top of Half Dome and Cloud’s Rest (per KB’s suggestion), eating gourmet meals that Allie prepared and dehydrated before hand, seeing beautiful views around every corner, and encountering local wildlife on a regular basis. Not to mention, all the comments from fellow hikers about our gaiters and how big my backpack looked. We had no idea that protecting your boots from getting dust, sand and water in them was such a novel idea in the west.
The biggest blessing on this trip had to be, when my parents resupplied us at Red’s Meadow and then also agreed to pick us up at the end of trip and drive us to Merced. There were some pretty big wildfires that prevented us from getting past the Yosemite Park entrance on the west side. So…my parents graciously took us on a 9 hour detour around the park so we could make our flights. Thanks Mom and Dad!!! Along the way, we discovered that highway 108 over Sonora pass is just as pretty as Yosemite, but way more dangerous. If you are looking for an adventure I would recommend checking it out.