The High Sierras beckon us this year on our anniversary. Last time we went, Jeff, Emma & I had a great time , it was in the Inyo National Forest of the High Sierras, on the McGee Pass trail, hovering around 10,000 – 12,000′ elevation. This (slightly blurry) photo was taken while walking along a meadow on the trail, and it was in fact the last backpack trip I was on. Emma was a two-year-old packing puppy and that was seven years ago. Ages !
I can’t believe how long it’s been, and astonished at the pace life just races by. Here is Emma waiting for me as we climbed over the pass, the rock in the trail so sharp she had to wear her boots.
And just beneath the pass, resting a poor exhausted puppy Emma in the snow with Jeff looking a little impatient . . .
That trip was a stunning one, a beauty for sure, but I’m not feeling very confident in my packing abilities at all now. Though Jeff has promised me that we will go slowly and not far, for if I am going to want to backpack regularly ~ again ~ it is important that Emma and I do not get whipped by the trek. Emma is already a little bit limpy with onset arthritis, and I’m not much better, worried about carrying a pack for any distance.
But hey , the altitude & elements I can handle ! How can I not crave to sit and knit for hours with camp coffee by high mountain lakes such as these . . .
So interesting that being in the really high mountains has been such a part of me for as long as I can remember. Jeff and I are making a vow of sorts, to go regularly again, and this is a bit of a kick-start trek. Well folks, its time for me to go pull out all of my packing gear and assemble things ~ knitting included ~ see you all on the flip-side. Sierra Nevada mountains, here we come.
Have fun – lots and lot of fun!
Thank you Lizzi, you have been a huge inspiration for me !
So beautiful! What a great place to be. Have a happy trip.
Thank you Carol. It seems a lifetime ago that I ‘was a backpacker’…so a lot of self-discovery and hope that I still am. Emma and I will hobble together…. xx
I SO love that picture of you by Lake Ana. Its so you. Really, my darling friend, you haven’t changed a bit and I think you are going to surprise yourself on how well you do. You are The Mountain Goat!! xoxo
Thanks so much Sorcha, having your vote of confidence helps tremendously ! I’ll take you along in my pocket. 🙂 xx
I hope you have a great time on your adventure!
Thank you Kristi… I most certainly will, however short & sweet it is. 🙂