I posted some more stream pics…
We stayed 4 days in Bishop trying to decide whether to push on or head up to Oregon. 70% of the PCT is covered in snow. We have 9 creek crossings between Kearsarge and VVR (97 miles). The valley temperatures are rising quickly so this could be a blessing and a curse. If we wait a little longer, more trail would be exposed. This would also mean higher water levels. The decision to push on was further complicated by more and more PCTers leaving Bishop and heading for Ashland.
After many conversations, we decided to take an extended rest. The logistics for heading up to Oregon would burn a lot of hiking days anyway. So we rented a real car and drove to our vacation home in Reno. A few more days of rest couldn’t hurt either.
One of our main objectives while in Reno was to find a creek and practice our stream crossings. What a blast! Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe was perfect. It was hot and the water rushing, but not enough to pose any danger. We practiced for over 2 hours. We had quite an audience. Many tourists stopped to watch these homeless looking people deliberately walking back and forth across the creek.
8 days later, the trail has 30% snow coverage. We are more confident having practiced our stream crossings, and are really anxious to get started again. Today we head back into the mountains to continue our adventure. Wish me and my Trail Kids luck and safe travels.