Woke up physically and mentally exhausted from the previous two days. But the promise of tacos gave me enough motivation to pack up by 5:45. Moving very slowly, the 3 miles to Kearsarge Pass required a lot of effort. The snow on the downhill side took even more. Though the views were beautiful, the slick snow made the 4.5 miles to the trail head parking lot rather difficult. I fell at least 3 times.
Arrive at the parking lot with most of the group, the next challenge began... Getting a ride to Independence, involving a 14 mile road down roughly 5,000 feet of elevation.
After waiting for an hour or so, without seeing any day hikers, the 5 of us decide to call the motel I town who will give rides from the trailhead for $50. It was worth it as I was starving and out of food.
Once in Independence, I went and got my resupply package from the post office and then went straight to subway.
MC, Zinger and I then hitch to Bishop, a larger town 40 miles north of Independence. Both of which are along Highway 395 (a major trucking route).
Arrived in Bishop around 12:30 and met the group at the Schat's Bakery. There I ordered a sandwich.
Zinger and I then go to the hotel to get a room for the group. We end up fitting 7 people in one room. Three of us sleep on the floor on our mats.
Everyone goes to do there own thing in town. I choose to work on uploading my blog. I then went back to the bakery with Zinger to get some gelato, which some of the people had with lunch.
As evening rolled around, we all follow Riley to a local Mexican Restaurant. I ordered tacos which I had been craving for the past couple days.
This blog held my attention for the rest of the night before I could I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore.