Day 57: Drive to Mammoth

The day began in San Diego as our break with family was drawing to an end. Marissa, my wife, got up and got ready for work and I helped make breakfast and tea for her. The next thing I knew she was out the door and I was left to spend a few last hours with our dog, Buster. Pie and his wife, Sandy, picked me up at 11am and we were on the road north. We stopped in Temecula to have lunch with my sister, Crashley. It was nice to spend some time with her, I hadn’t seen her since before we left.

After lunch we were back on the road. The plan was to drive all the way to mammoth to drop off our next supply package so our support crew (read: wives) didn’t have to make the 8 hour drive again in a week. Somewhere between Temecula and Lone Pine I realized that when Marissa and I were checking her pack for when she comes up to join us in July we used my sleepy pad for weight and space testing in her pack. Well when we were done we forgot to put that item back in my pack, oops. So from the road I started calling all of the mountaineering and sporting goods stores in Mammoth, Lone Pine and Bishop to see if anybody carried my beloved Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm. The only one that had them in currently was Mammoth Mountaineering, but they were out of the regular length so I would have to get the long length. Only a 5 inch difference but it’s still overkill for a person of my very average height. We were going to get Marissa the same pad anyway for her section hike so I guess now harm truly done other than the little extra I have to spend to get the long size. Oh well, shouldn’t have left it in the first place.

We made it to Mammoth around 8:30pm and found a little hotel for the night. Back on the trail tomorrow!


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