After skipping Section D, I got back on trail at mile 454. I’ve now hiked about another 300 miles and have just started traversing the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Just after I left Agua Dulce, I hiked 24 miles to trail angel home Casa De Luna, adjacent to where the Powerhouse fire started. Due to the fire, the PCT was closed and I had to skip another 40 miles (but I hiked them before!).
Next was 17 miles of Los Angeles aqueduct walk which netted a beautiful sunrise, a look back at the continually growing fire and running out of water in the Mojave Desert. Gulp!
After a nero in Tehachapi, we skirted the Mojave Desert once again in some of the hottest temperatures of the year. After I took an unexpected rest day in Lake Isabella, I finally arrived at Kennedy Meadows, the official end to the Southern California section. Yeah!
Rather than dodging the sun, the Sierra had me seeking it out. It’s cold up here! The Sierra Nevada is a breathtaking place, one which everyone should have a chance to visit. The high elevation and climbing over tall passes makes for shorter mile days. “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir
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