Wednesday, July 13, 2011

June 29, 2011

Zero day in Mammoth Lakes, CA

So, I should have mentioned yesterday that we are staying at this guy Scott's condo. Who is Scott? That is an excellent question. He is the friend of a friend of 12 Ounce's who none of us have met before. He also doesn't happen to be home right now, but still is letting us stay at his place! Amazing friend of a friend!

Today we slept in, enjoying warmth and beds. Our hunger got us going eventually and we strolled over to Schat's bakery for breakfast. I ate a buttery croissant breakfast sandwich with ham, egg, and cheese, followed by a bear claw, cinnamon roll, and some other pastry thing. It was amazing.

After eating we ran some errands including picking up packages from the PO, renting a van for the drive up to Quincy for the High Sierra Music Festival, and journaling/facebooking; it was a productive morning.

Gangsta rap also did some research on the upcoming section in regard to river/creek crossings. From the sounds of it the creek crossings are gnarly and we had discussions on what the best/safest plan would be. Apparently one of the stream crossings has a bridge, however, when walking across the bridge the water is up to mid-thigh on a 6'-2" person. Crazy water levels.

Based on all the discussions and research regarding the creeks, and Gangsta Rap coordinating with her dad, we worked out a plan. We will be finishing the JMT and go into Yosemite Valley, hike to the top of Half Dome, and then get a ride with Gangsta Rap's dad up to Tahoe where our adventure will continue. The miles we are bypassing will be returned to in September for completion of the hike.

The rest of the day was spent hanging out around Mammoth and eating delicious food. Not a bad way to spend any day. With the upcoming music festival and the possibility of skiing on Saturday, this is starting to feel like a regular vacation! Hard to believe that I could be skiing Mammoth in July!

I'm just going to continue living the dream, because someone should, and it might as well be me.

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