John Muir Trail Day 12: VVR to Bear Ridge Trail

Friday 9/3 After breakfast DAY 12  📍VVR 0 miles

Journal entry: Breakfast @ VVR was nice. Not amazing, but nice to have a warm coked meal that doesn’t include boiling water. Needed ketchup for my potatoes though lol. A glass of water would’ve been nice too. I borrowed a JMT data book to read while I let my phone & charger charge while eating breakfast. Then Bobby asked to sit with me while I ate breakfast. It was nice having conversation with him. He’d been hiking PCT sections since 1975! He’s awesome. He said since he’s met me @ Red’s that I look tougher/stronger. He said, “but that’s what the Sierra will do to ya.” Lol. Ain’t that the truth! Oh- I finally have a load of laundry in the wash! Woo-hoo! First trail shower + first trail laundry. I hope I wasn’t too loud with my sleeping pad last night. But I really thought there were more campers next to me. Decided not to zero here today, but pack up and head out after laundry. Can’t sit around for too long. Oh- and I’m still pretty sure I’m the only solo-solo female-solo hiker-out here. Yep- that’s me.

Still Friday 9/3 6:28 PM DAY 12  📍 by Bear Creek 9.67 miles 5:30hrs.

Journal entry #2: The 8 mile climb, ok I guess it was like 6 mile climb on Bear Ridge trail back to JMT was killing me. A later start after leaving VVR, which was hard to do in the first place. Anyways, not much today but the 6 mile climb back to JMT. I knew exactly when I got back on the JMT, the trail just felt different. I stopped hiking kinda early today, found a pretty awesome site, by a creek, awesome views, but totally seen from the trail. LOL. Ah well, with forest closures way less people on the trail apparently, and it definitely feels like it. Mashed potatoes w/ broccoli & taco bell hot sauce for dinner tonight w/ way too much sour candies. Honestly enjoyed dinner tonight more than VVR. Ah well, experience, right? Pretty peaceful tonight, tomorrow it’s like 6-7 miles to Marie Lake and it’s going to be another shortish day. MTR on Sunday and will resupply there. Prob get rid of a lot of potatoes. Actually, I should figure out food for next resupply section. Early night, might peek out for stars.

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Vanessa is an outdoors enthusiast, hiker at heart, and the storyteller behind Forever She Wanders; a women's lifestyle + travel blog inspiring all to get outdoors, seek adventure and live an active lifestyle. As an outdoors enthusiast, Vanessa has found passion in being outdoors while backpacking, camping, hiking and creating memories of a lifetime.

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