I came across some good sized bear tracks on the trail. As large as my hand they showed it was heading towards Mexico and had been there before the other two passed by. I saw two more bear sets today and one from a bobcat (or maybe a small mountain lion). Though I am officially in the Sierra Nevada mountain range now, and have been since starting yesterday, it wasn’t until nearly lunchtime that the changes starting appearing. First some wild flowers of unknown types, then lupins in blue and white, then came the pines and the oaks. Lunch was in the shade of these trees where the only sounds are wind and flying insects.   Tonight I’m camping alone in the sierras. This really excites me. I’ve got a cool spot on a small saddle. The pines are tall and have left a wide clearing (thus no chance of sap dripping on me or killer 1 kilo pine cones dropping on me) through which I will have an excellent view of the night sky and I intend to watch it.

Tehachapi to Kennedy Meadows

May 29th to June 5th 2007