Our bags are packed. We’re ready to go. I’ve dreamed of hiking a long trail with my kids for years, and now we’re actually doing it!
Thursday morning we’ll wake up in Yosemite Valley, eat as much hot breakfast as we can stuff in our bodies, and then lug our heavy packs to the Happy Isles Trailhead. From there, it’s one foot in front of the other for 30 days, passing through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
I think the kids are ready. They’re excited… and nervous, which is what you’d expect. I’m excited and nervous too. I’m sure there will be days when it feels like a struggle for them, but we plan to take our time and keep it fun. The boys have their own cameras and journals. They’ve got ropes and a step-by-step knot guide. They’ve got a star chart, a great field guide for identifying critters, little knives for whittling… and, of course, they’ve got a great big, beautiful world to explore.
Please send us good vibes! When we return, I will share a series of posts containing pictures and journal entries from our trip. Check back for that in September.
To read more about what we’re doing and why check out this past post.
To learn more about the John Muir Trail check out this link.
Jason Kapchinske is the author of Coyote Summer.