John Muir Trail – Thousand Island to Southern Base of Donahue Pass

6.21.16 (Tues) JMT We wake at 6:30 am to a bright clear sky. We take 3 hours to break camp. Very hard to leave such a beautiful site. We hike out and back up the same trail we descended last night. Up, up, up. I'm short of breath. I stop every 50-100 paces and breathe. … Continue reading John Muir Trail – Thousand Island to Southern Base of Donahue Pass

Star Counting in Palo Duro

I lay on my back with my head resting on the tailgate of Ruby, our 2000 Mazda truck and I'm mesmerized by the darkening sky. I count the stars as they pop out one by one until there are too many and I am too sleepy. I sleep fitfully in the back of our truck … Continue reading Star Counting in Palo Duro