Summer hiking, take two

8:39 p.m. on July 31, 2018 (EDT)
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We've been delighted to host our younger daughter this week, as she is traveling between NYC and Peru.  Great to catch up with all that is going on in her life and just enjoy her company. 

But we had a pretty serious backpacking trip planned for this week, starting at Onion Valley Trailhead and exploring Dusy, 60 Lakes, and Gardiner Basins.  That's long been on our list, and this summer was the summer to make it happen.  We had reservations at the campground for the night before, and a permit reservation for the hike itself.  The food was all organized, and we had a new tent ready to go. We were set!

And then our daughter called, and we realized we would rather spend some time with her.  We can always hike that hike another day.  Besides, she wanted to do some backpacking as well, and while we couldn't quite fit in a long trip like Onion Valley, we had lots of options around Yosemite and Emigrant Wilderness to explore. She's a great hiker.

And then it turned out that she wasn't feeling well.  We went up to our cabin and had a few quiet days there, but she wasn't feeling well enough to hike.  So we did a little work on the cabin, lolled around in the heat and smoke, and generally took life easy.   She slept a lot, drank tea, and generally recuperated from a really hectic schedule. 

Now we're back in Napa, with the best laid plans of mice and men certainly gone awry.  Oh well.  We'll drop her off at the airport in a couple of days...and then push the reset button on hikes for this summer. 

We did cancel both reservations, because we knew we wouldn't need them, and we didn't want someone else to go without a campsite or a permit just because we couldn't be bothered to let the USFS know that we weren't going to use it.   Hopefully, someone had a great time this weekend up there.   

9:12 p.m. on July 31, 2018 (EDT)
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Giving up a backpacking trip for family is the only way to go...on a smaller scale I am doinv the same. Limited trips this summer due kids being home from college for probably the last time. I'll get my time in the hills...

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