Day 54: Zero Almost at the Hot Springs

Memories from June 13

I spent the day hanging out with Brandon and Matt who came out yesterday to resupply me. The river looks a little shallower today but is still too deep, wide, fast, and cold for a safe crossing. Brandon and Matt were in hammocks and quite cold last night so they slept in while I caught up on blog entries.

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With the lack of sun the last few days I haven’t wanted to use my phone for anything but its camera and GPS otherwise I’d risk running out if battery. Fortunately, the sun was out this morning and I could out out my solar panel.

The sun greets me as I open my tent flap. Hasn’t happened for a few days.

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We took a short day hike down a trail towards Kings Canyon National Park which wasn’t on any of our maps. It just lead along the river so we enjoyed the scenery and napped.

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Brandon and Matt introduced me to MREs which they’d brought. On the whole, they seem slightly better than most rehydrated backpacking food. There was a Creamsicle Cookie which was so good I can’t believe it’s not more widely available.

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Back at camp we lounged around a fire until shortly before sunset. The fire was significantly better at keeping the mosquitoes at bay than my previously unused 100% DEET bug spray. I guess that’s another item to leave in the next hiker box.

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