a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 2 from Onion Valley on Kearsarge Trail Pass. Bishop to Gilbert Lake Camp.
“Oh no, the fairy tale life is already over today”, is the first thought I have when I wake up. But then I remember that a delicious breakfast still waits for us to join/eat it. We agree with Brad and Simon to have breakfast at Jack’s, a popular place in the hiker world.
Just before we leave we get a message from Wizard, telling us that she and Thibaud and the rest of the crew will be here in Bishop soon and will also have breakfast at Jack’s. “Perfect”, we both think, do the hotel check-out and head over to Jack’s. Turns out all the others, including Wizard and Co. are already there! We have an amazing breakfast (the biggest omelets I have ever seen in combination with a massive amount of hashbrowns) and spend like 2 hours with this great round of friends.
But at some point we have to go back to the trail, or rather back to the parking lot at the beginning of Onion Valley Trail (again!!). The night before we and Simon decided to go back there together after breakfast. Unfortunately Simon hasn’t done his resupply yet, so we agree that Maya and I go now and will meet him later that day on the trail.
But now we have to get a hitch again. Remember, to get here it was a rather complicated story, since no one was willing to give hikers a ride. But walking is not an option – it is 40 miles and it's the desert!
So anyway, we place ourselves next to the main road and wait. And wait. And wait. But there, a car is slowing down! Ah no, again just someone turning right the next street. Bloody… But shortly after that someone is actually stopping for us. It is an elderly, retired guy called Mike, who lives in that area and regularly gives rides to hikers. He agrees to drive us all the way to the parking lot. But we have to do him a favor in return and help him find a geocache next to the road in the middle of nowhere. Ok, sounds great, we both agree. On the way there Mike keeps on telling me all about geocaching and that there are about 200 caches here in the area. And yes, by the time we are getting closer to the one he is looking for today, I am informed of nearly 60 caches he owns, he has already found, he is planning to hide or he did not find. Apparently there is also a thing called geo-art, which means that you place your caches in a geometrical form on the map or you write something.
Soon we reach the spot, where the GPS shows him the cache has to be and start searching. Shortly after, we find the cache and after another 20 minutes of geocache talk we reach the parking lot. We say goodbye and thank you so much to Mike and start climbing Kearsarge (again!).
It is a bit harder from this side, as it is now not downhill but uphill. After 1.5 hours we reach one of the pretty lakes and decide it is already enough for today. We want to enjoy this place and also have to meet Simon somewhere. So we pitch our tents next to the lake and I test my newly bought fishing gear I got in Bishop.
And indeed, it works. After only 30 minutes I have already caught 3 trouts. Unfortunately they are not very big, so I release them back into freedom. After another hour or so we hear AC/DC singing Simon approaching. As he realizes it is me, he joins me fishing and also catches two small trouts.
We all have a nice time at the lake, eat some burgers we bought at Mc Donald’s and soon go to bed.