|Morph took this photo of me eating breakfast|
the morning we hiked out to Walker Pass.
I didn't linger, though. I figured someone might call the cops if I watched the kids for too long. I still had my gruffy beard and looked pretty homeless. Definitely a "shady" character. I don't think it would help if I explained that I had been hiking for the last five months, from Mexico to Canada. They might think I was insane too!
About a week after getting home, I dropped by the Baskin Robbins and had an ice cream in honor of the truck driver that picked me up. I've been back a couple of times since too, but admittedly, for my own guilty pleasures. ;o)
I flew down to California a couple of weeks after finishing the trail and finally shaved off that horrible beard.
As I write this now, nearly five months after having finished the trail, I've gained back pretty much all of the weight I lost on the hike. I also spent some time trying to find trail friends online, and they sent me some photos of myself that I didn't have while originally writing these blogs. Some of the photos I thought would be fun to share. Many of them I knew about and wished I had when I was writing the blog posts. Others I didn't even know about. Facebook is a great little tool for finding photos by other hikers when they start tagging me on them! =)
|Charmin snapped this photo of my mom buzzing my head in Wrightwood.|
|Charmin took this photo of me maneuvering under this tree. In this|
particular case, I just used my arms to "walk" me through, which
felt as ridiculous as it looks, but it worked! =)
|I don't think I have any photos of me actually cooking with my stove. =) |
Charmin took this photo that first day we started hiking together. I usually don't cook lunch,
but I took a long lunch break this day and had the time (and plenty of water!)
|I'm explaining to Running Wolf where we are, after he followed |
the detour for seven miles and didn't realize it! I didn't know about this photo's existance. =)
|Bigfoot took this photo while I was soaking naked in the hot springs|
along the trail. Yes, another naked photo of me! Fortunately, still PG stuff.... ;o)
|Fidget took this photo of me taking a break at the top of Pinchot Pass.|
|I took my share of photos where Fidget was postholing badly. She did the same to me, though! =)|
You can see the hut at the top of Muir Pass in the background. ALMOST THERE!!!!
|I did say that I hated snow, right? This is why!|
|Fidget took this photo of me taking a break. I had thrown my fleece jacket over|
my head so the sun didn't blind me. =)
|One of the less treacherous creek crossings....|
|Fidget took this photo when we went off trail to essentially skip two|
dangerous river crossings. It was a bit of a rock scramble to get up the hillside!