I hiked 8 miles over Kearsarge Pass to the Onion Valley Trailhead, my gateway to civilization.
It was a beautiful climb, and I met several hikers out for the weekend.
I hiked down the other side and caught a ride with some locals who shared a ride to the nearby town of Independence. They were very kind and their only request was that I leave the window down to help keep the air fresh.
from Independence, I hitched 40 miles to the town of Bishop, where I met up with friends and procured a ukulele at the local RadioShack/music store.
here is a video of Vicki, my ride to Bishop, and me rocking out to Three Dog Night.
Her husband is hiking the PCT and she was on her way to visit him.
I met up with Sara, Katie, and Ben, and we split a room at a local motel, my first of the trip.
It felt so good to sleep in a bed.