Bisop to Lake Tahoe
Trip Start May 15, 2005
13Trip End Oct 2005
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Our next stop was Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR), located on Lake Edison. The day before reaching VVR I decided to hike about 30 miles to set me up for an early arrival. This brilliant idea took me up Bear Ridge, a long climb with a 53-switchback descent to VVR. I finished the day around 11:30PM stumbing down the switchbacks, a little delerious, with my nearly useless headlamp. I had left Luke ealier in the day on the last pass, as he had decided on a shorter day. I ended up staying at VVR for a few days to work and earn some extra money. When all was said and done I came out with only $60 and my VVR bill paid for. The real benefit was all the great John Muir Trail thru-hikers I met. Some have already sent me emails. I plan on coming back down and hiking the JMT again someday, probably with a partner (The PCT follows nearly the entire length of the JMT). Some of the JMT'ers packed way too much food and ended up giving me almost a month's worth that I mailed ahead to myself. My thanks goes out to you all.
The downside to staying longer at VVR was that Luke and the Toms left me there with hopes I would catch up at some point
Back at Tuolumne, ready to hit the trail again, I met Nick and Emily, a couple also thru-hiking the PCT. We stayed that night at Tuolumne where we ran into a very interesting guy named Basil. With beer and food Basil was out to help any PCT hikers he could find, and luckily he found us. Thanks again Basil.
Nick, Emily, and I hiked all week together to arrive here at South Tahoe. We'll leave tomorrow morning bright and early and will be hiking at least 20 mile days with some 25-35 milers here and there. I´m still racing the weather in the North Cascades and hope to finish the first half of October. Money is still my main issue, so there may be some stops to earn more where possible.
Thanks for reading this way too long entry. I´m still very appreciative of all the support I´ve gotten from my friends, old and new. If I don´t get any pictures uploaded here I´ll do it ASAP up the trail.