Upper Kern Basin. 6/28 thru 7/3/2013
I would like nothing more than to write a flowing page of prose about this trip, perhaps a philosophical essay about man’s relationship to nature, or at least a few paragraphs about the value of friendship and walking in the woods together. But as I sit and recall my week in the Upper Kern with Adan and Tom, words fail to materialize or simply fall flat. I’m sure the vistas and conversations and clouds and the sound of rain on my tent will work their way into other writings in the future; for now I will remain content with the images, smells, and feelings etched in my mind. This was one of the first trips I’ve done in which mileage was thrown out the window entirely, our days dominated solely by what we wanted to see and do in the moment. No real itinerary, no set goals, only ideas and three friends walking in the mountains. The trip involved five nights and six days, entering and exiting over Shepherd Pass, exploring the Upper Kern Basin and cross country routes through Milestone Basin, Thunder Basin, the approach to Lake South America, and much of the upper Tyndall Creek drainage.