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... steeled my mind to hang tough for the 2 1/2 to 3 hours that it would take them to get back to me. I don't want to try to make a guess at how hard the wind was blowing. I'm not good at that. But I will say that it was super windy, sometimes literally blowing us off balance...kind of scary!
I realized then that after the pass at Kearsarge every step I had taken over the past few days was mandatory. Going to the summit was optional and I opted out!
... neck for the day. The climb up throughout the valley and trees was steadily up but beautiful, however, as we continued up it soon became just rocky and severe. Along the way we would cross some streams and grab up some water, especially as we could look up at the behemoth ahead of us and recognize that once we began the switchbacks there would be no water to be found. It was crazy to reach a place on the trail where suddenly we would see a glacial lake, deep blue ...
... if Karen saw any of it. We learned after driving 6,000 feet in the air most of the time on this trip that she is afraid of heights.
They said that as they drove through Bakersfield they saw hundreds of oil and gas wells just strewn everywhere along the highway. We learned that a large portion of our domestic oil comes from that area. Also, the San Joaquin Valley is full of citrus orchards as we saw on our way. They also grow almonds, pistachios, ...
... really can't help but sense something bigger than yourself.
We drove through the park for a while and hiked around a meadow that had several really big sequoias surrounding it, then went on to see the General Sherman (the world's largest tree). The ranger said there were a few steps on that trail, but it that it was an easy hike and we'd be able to make it down with our stroller. Apparently "a few steps" means something ...
... having a rainbow trout fishing tournament giving away a boat, car and $10,000. There are boat slips there for rental and I have never seen so many pontoon boats at one place, there must have been over 100.
We took a trip up a road past the campsite to see where it went. It followed the river and we found a Post Office that was built in 1890 that they still use. We went up the road for a few miles but the road started getting very rough and narrow and we needed to get home ...