We got up around 5:45 AM–late for us–and were on the trail shortly after 6. We all got a bit of condensation on our gear, so we would need to take a break to dry stuff once the sun was up and attacking us. We took a break at a creek and campsite to dry our stuff, but I was antsy and quickly got going to finish out the day and get into Kennedy Meadows.
Today we passed the 700 mile mark and came across our first real river, the South Fork Kern River. It’s a glorious thing to see after dealing with dry stretches and heavy water carries.
After taking our photo in front of the Kennedy Meadows sign, we headed to the general store and received the customary applause from the groups drinking on the deck.
We have two days of relaxation and Sierra planning ahead of us.
Main Photo: The gang rolling into Kennedy Meadows on June 21.