Uber at 7am to the Portland airport. Man, what can I say – I just love airports. I guess 15 years of airline industry have ruined me for life… πŸ˜‚ It just feels safe, easy and like home. Everything is so familiar. I am glad we were a bit early and I had time to hang out and watch airplanes like a little kid… 😊

 

Good old reliable – The A320 which brought us to LA
And time for several great coffees – flying high today… πŸ˜‚

A connecting flight later, more plane spotting and a pilot who let me in the cockpit on the taxi way when we had to wait for our slot to talk about landing speeds, flares and all the other things. Haven’t been in a “real” cockpit after I got my license. Flying stays on the list! It was a bit unreal and weird to just fly over and backwards everything we had laborious walked the other way for weeks now. But that’s what it is now. Passed over a few nice thunderstorm cells on the way to LAX.

Well – and then. Roadtrip to Bishop. 5 1/2 hours by car. We opted for #vanlife and hit the road. You never know if you find hiker trash along the road you need to pick up πŸ˜‚

Besides all the usual chores in town like food shopping, eating, post office,… we also did one of the most important things on the trail – the first round of golf! 😎🀘🏼
Man, haven’t played in over 9 month. What a great feeling to be back on the course 😍

Playing into the sunset

And the crowds were also there to cheer for me again… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Nobody cared… πŸ˜‚

More chores and today it’s time to go back into the mountains. I am sooooo stoaked!

We got back to the parking lot where we had left the Sierras about six weeks ago. And what a drastic change. Where we still glissaded down almost the entire way to the parking lot there was not a single patch of snow left anymore 😳

 

The way up to Kearsarge Pass this time without snow…

 

Up to Kearsarge Pass is only 4 miles. Bjt we felt the heavy packs. Also we do have to carry the bear canisters again. I have the feeling this will be the first time where will not be hungry on the trail – we have soooo much food. It didn’t even fit into rhe two bear canisters…

And then on the pass – that’s today and six weeks ago…

The Sierras are epic. The scenery has changed though. Way less snow. But the lakes are visible now. What a beauty.
#ilovemountains

We just wanted to get a few miles in to tackle Glen Pass with hard snow conditions tomorrow morning. But for that webstill had to walk into the sunset…

 

I don’t know – but only from the first few miles I have a feeling the next weeks gonna be awesome… 😍😍😍