All the girls should proud, they are troopers, especially Michelle :)
A BIG congrats to Elisabeth for accomplishing her first "real" backpacking trip. Sometimes things are scary, hard work, and not much fun... but it always feels good to reach the goal and to know that the practice will make next time a little easier.
As for me, somewhat of a stressful weekend. Adam and I drove up Friday evening and around 11:00 PM my truck gave up the ghost at about 9000 ft elevation heading up Sonora Pass. Bunch of lights came on, no throttle response, pitch black outside... good times. Luckily there was a turnout right there. The truck was also overheated which is something I've been troubleshooting for too long now. Long story short, we solved some problems, crossed our fingers and carried on. Made it to the TH by midnight, decided to bivvy on the grassy knoll at the parking lot. Woke up and spotted Manfred and his family.
The hike in was nice. I "pulled a Jacob" and forgot to put a memory card in my camera (nor did I pack my backup card... yesssss). Oh well, I had my phone and snagged a few snapshots with it.
That day I yo-yo'ed up and down the trail a couple times; once for trekking poles I forgot after we swam in the river, and again later with Manfred. This was the first time I'd been at any significant elevation this year and I didn't stay on top of my hydration very well. I ended up feeling pretty nauseated in the afternoon and had to pound a bunch of water, electrolytes, and ibuprofen to get me back to an even keel. Luckily I saved a challenging meal I'd been wanting to try cooking for this trip and I pretty much ruined it out of impatience and lack of interest.
The hike out was smooth sailing, Adam and I covered it fairly quickly and hit the road, only to be hampered with more truck problems. David, Rebbecca, and Alexis found us licking our wounds on the side of 108 and followed us for a while; finally we were able to limp home without incurring a massively expensive tow, and only some mild hallucinations from our pickup-turned-sweatlodge.
OK, OK!... It was nice to hike with familiar friends and meet a few new ones, but I'm glad that one's over with! Beer me! :)