Previously I announced our plans for April and for May. April (as you may have noticed) is suddenly upon us, Mick & I are once again (gainfully) unemployed, and it is but a couple of days before we set out for our first trip (providing that the house full of lurginess abates in time) – and I haven’t yet announced the biggie of our ‘not really big’ walks for this year.
Plane tickets are now booked, a wilderness permit is in hand and somewhere I’ve got a campfire permit too (not that we intend to have a campfire, but apparently in California a gas stove counts as a campfire) – so we’re all good to go for a jaunt along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Not all of it, I hasten to add; that really would be a long walk. A modest section of California will do for us this year. We’ll be walking northbound, joining the trail at Agua Dulce (which is south east of Lancaster on the third map below) and walking around 500 miles into Yosemite (to somewhere south east of Lee Vining in the first map below). So, that takes us across a corner of the Mojave desert (hot, hot, hot!) and through the Sierra Nevada.
All of the photos I’ve seen promise that it’s going to be quite spectacular.
It’s going to be quite a logistical challenge too, as you may notice that we don’t cross a road for the vast majority of that middle map. There are going to be some heavy loads of food being carried!
Happily, it’s been a remarkably low snow year in the High Sierra, so the going should be easier than it was in last year’s high snow year.
We’ll be staying in LA for a couple of days when we get to the States to sort out our food parcels and pick up some other bits and pieces and whilst we’re there I will be trying to sort myself out with a local mobile phone so that I can blog as we go (or as much as the limited reception on the route allows).
We’re off on 29th May. That’s not far away now, is it? <skips excitedly around the room>