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N 8 B 320 C 1 E Jan 11, 2022 F Dec 23, 2022
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On Monday I left early to drive to the trail head and begin my High Sierra wanderings. The first day started out with clear skies, though as I began my ascent up the pass dark storm clouds brewed in the distance. At one point I stopped for a break and another backpacker on his way out stopped for a chat.
Soon after I continued on and in the small saddle below the pass thunder rumbled and the rain began. This area was strewn with large, sharp boulders that were the only shelter for miles. I found a cluster of them that had a nice over hang just as the rain picked up, and I huddled underneath to stay dry. It was good shelter until the wind shifted direction and blew the rain right into the opening, soaking my pants since they weren't water proof. My only option to not get any more wet was to shield myself with my waterproof pack. Thankfully my pants are a quick drying material and were dry within 10 minutes. An hour later the storm passed and I continued on to my first lakeside camp.

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N 10 B 435 C 3 E Jul 18, 2022 F Dec 18, 2022
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Part 1
I left for the sierras right after work, all the classes had been taught and the last student had left. The sun had not set yet but was hanging low in the western sky. By the time I reached the high desert of California and the small town of Neenach an hour later the sun had long sunk out of view and the dark desert sky sparkled with a splash of stars in the moonless night. After passing the town of Mojave the deep red moon slowly rose beyond the silhouette of distant mountains. Hours later I had driven far enough and I needed to stop for the night so I pulled off the highway onto a dirt road at a place called Fossil Falls. There is a large red and black cinder cone here that rises abruptly out of the desert floor with a dry lake at it's foot, it was here that I stopped. It was almost midnight and yet the temperature was still 98°. I set up my cot next to my jeep and fell asleep without a blanket beneath the hazy high desert sky.
At some point a slight breeze swirled and cooled the warm desert night enough for me to need a light blanket, after getting one out of my jeep I went back to sleep. With the first light of dawn across the playa I awoke but decided to go back to sleep, this happened several time until the sun rose over the distant mountains and it's warm rays touched me and I could not avoid the new day any longer so I finally got up and continued my drive to my friend Jan's place nestled in the lower slopes of the high sierras.
I stayed at her place for 2 day and 2 nights to acclimate to the high elevation. On the first full day there, a thunderstorm rose up providing me with some beautiful sights and sounds as well as scenting the air with the fragrance of wild onions which grew in the shade of the aspen and pine trees on her property.
On Monday I left early to drive to the trail head and begin my High Sierra wanderings. The first day started out with clear skies, though as I began my ascent up the pass dark storm clouds brewed in the distance. At one point I stopped for a break and another backpacker on his way out stopped for a chat.
Soon after I continued on and in the small saddle below the pass thunder rumbled and the rain began. This area was strewn with large, sharp boulders that were the only shelter for miles. I found a cluster of them that had a nice over hang just as the rain picked up, and I huddled underneath to stay dry.

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It was good shelter until the wind shifted direction and blew the rain right into the opening, soaking my pants since they weren't water proof. My only option to not get any more wet was to shield myself with my waterproof pack. Thankfully my pants are a quick drying material and were dry within 10 minutes. An hour later the storm passed and I continued on to my first lakeside camp.

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Tags:   mountains backpacking hiking camping wilderness wandering storm high sierra trail view sierra mono pass

N 9 B 276 C 3 E Dec 7, 2022 F Dec 7, 2022
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