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The Birthday Backpack Trip Is Over

But we have a new plan for Glampacking!

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Nate, Bekki, and Camilo hiked out early taking the 2 youngest boys. They left Dale, Zaya and I to pack up as we wanted and hike out at our own pace. But, before they left, Jasper found Camilo’s stash of pop-tarts. He had quite a smile on his face when he was caught eating them up.
We were really tired of freeze-dried food and didn’t feel like cooking up a big breakfast, so we ate some snacks and started packing up. We took the time to enjoy our last moments of solitude.
The hike out was, at least at first, a nice stroll. We didn’t hurry along until clouds started gathering on the north and western horizons. Then the winds picked up. We have backpacked enough to know when to pick up the pace and we did.

Zaya was really great, she stopped every little while, pronouncing each place beautiful and pointed out some point of beauty. She was so glad to spot the Mulshy Meadow from the mountain, later pointing out where she thought that they had camped.
We ran out of water before the trailhead and it was quite warm, not to mention that my pack was super heavy. We were so happy when we saw Nate heading our way with a water bottle.

As we walked out, Dale and I discussed some new ideas for backpacking. We have decided that we will either hire people to carry our stuff or hire someone with a pack service with donkeys.

We told Nate about this plan and he had thought the same thing. He knows someone who does this with donkeys and thinks that the donkeys carry about 100# each. Do you know how much fresh, good food, and equipment I can pack in 100#? Talk about Glam-backpacking! I’m there!!!!

Posted by Miss Chris 18:39 Archived in USA Tagged nature hiking backpacking outdoors family_backpack_trip high_sierra back_country eastern_sierra grandkinds Comments (0)

Birthday Backpack Trip, Day 3

The lost family arrived in time for the birthday party

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Nate and family did not show up on Sat. We didn’t know if they couldn’t find us, or if they didn’t make it up to the area at all.

In the meantime, Lucian, our older grandson, woke up with a fever and sore throat. Justin decided that we should hike out.

Dale and I talked and decided that we did not want to hike out and go home. The weather was hot at home and we’d planned to stay until Monday. We gave Justin our extra items, took all of the leftover food and his stove. We had 2 backpacker meals plus the little bit of freeze-dried foods. We also kept the box wine and the port.

Dale and I were eating lunch when I caught sight of Camilo coming down the hill. We yelled to him and waved, sure enough, we were found. Then along came Zaya, she ran, throwing off her hat, sweatshirt and backpack as she ran. Lots of hugs, but more importantly they were out of water and thirsty and we had plenty.
After Zaya and Camilo reported that Bekki and Nate were completely out of water, Dale took off with containers of water and met them along the trail.

Nate and Bekki, with kids in tow, and you must know that the kids walked nearly the entire way; Emilio age 5 and Jasper age 3, arrived at the camp. Kids kicked off their shoes and ran down to the meadow to play in the water.
For dinner, we had fusion Mexican-Pho soup and Quesadillas made with Nate’s Sonora wheat. Then it was time for the party, a Twinkie birthday cake. As we didn’t want to set the forest on fire we did not set out 74 candles.
As for Nate, Bekki, kids and Camilo, they didn’t take the turn onto the Pacific Crest Trail but instead went down a steep trail to another side of Mulshy Meadow. They thought that they saw lights from us but it was someone else. Hence, the delay to our campsite.
Next backpack trip we are taking a good map and making sure that we are all on the same route.

Posted by Miss Chris 08:54 Archived in USA Tagged nature hiking backpacking outdoors grandkids family_backpack_trip high_sierra back_country eastern_sierra Comments (0)

Birthday Backpack Trip, Day 2

Water becomes most important

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We had not camped near water, so we needed to reach our final destination sooner than later. Justin and his boys went to hike up a mountain while Dale and I hiked on to water.

Justin left directions that we would take a left at the junction, staying on the Pacific Crest Trail and should stop at either Mulshy Meadow or a mile or 2 further, Dutch Meadow. Both meadows would be by the trail with no signage.

Nate, Bekki, kids and family friend Camilo, were to arrive in the afternoon and hike until they found us. Nate had most of our food, so we were hoping that they would actually make it.

Dale and I hiked and hiked. Finally, after several hours we sat down on a log. The trail extended out beyond us and we could see that there was no meadow. We googled Mulshy and found that it was several miles behind us. Dutch Meadow did not even show up.
We started back on the trail and figured out where we’d missed the cut-off trail to Mulshy. After walking about 3 miles we noticed a meadow to our right, not right off the trail, but a short walk down the hill.

In the meadow we found water. We filled our empty water containers and discussed whether we should set up camp or not. Dale thought that kids would find us, I wasn’t so sure. To be conservative, we started back to the cut-off to Mulshy.

We were hiking along when we saw our grandkids, then our son and his friend. They were out of water and hoping to find us. They reported that they had found Dale’s boot prints that started over to the cut-off and they went down that trail for a way. The trail to Mulshy was impossible to continue so they were hoping that we had headed on to Dutch Meadow.

We all hiked back to Dutch Meadow where we set up camp. Dale had the right hunch in this matter.
Nate and Bekki did not show up so we made a dinner using our remaining freeze dried veggies and beef jerky. Dinner wasn't bad, especially when washed down with our box wine. And stargazing with a glass of port is highly recommended.

Posted by Miss Chris 09:04 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking family_backpack_trip high_sierra back_country eastern_sierra grandkinds Comments (0)

A Birthday Backpack Trip for the Oldsters

Celebrating a birthday in the back country

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Our boys decided that for Dale’s birthday, we would go backpacking. But, they did not trust us completely and further decided to carry our stuff. I told Nate that we had backpacked before being married but he would not listen.

I’d ordered a bunch of freeze-dried food to take to Hawaii, in the event we had to work there, now was a good time to use all of this food. I sent 3/4 of the food with Nate to carry.

As this was a last-minute trip, we did not have permits so Justin left at 3 am in order to be first in line at the Interagency office. Alas, the system had changed so now he was nearly last in line. Our choices were limited to sites out of Horseshoe Meadows.

Our plan was that we would hike in with Justin and his boys on Friday, then Nate, Bekki and their 3 would join us on Sat afternoon.
We started out at what we considered early. After driving for about 40 minutes, we were talking about food and I realized we had forgotten all of Justin’s pots and pans. He had given us his pots and pans to run thru the dishwasher. We turned around, went home, got the pots and pans from the dishwasher, and started back on the road.

We met Justin and the boys, and by afternoon, Justin had obtained the permits. We started up the trail.
Justin hoped that we could hike in 2 miles, 2 miles uphill. We made it just feet short of the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail. We set up camp, made dinner and fell asleep quickly.

Posted by Miss Chris 18:30 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking family_backpack_trip high_sierra back_country eastern_sierra grandkinds Comments (0)

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