We had a lovely 24 plus hours in Tuolumne Meadows waiting to be joined by other hikers. We slept, took showers at Tuolumne High Sierra Camp, ate breakfast there as well and enjoyed the beauty of the place. Mark talked to all kinds of people and we also made friends with Shar, a John Muir Trail hiker. She had a lot of blisters and we shared our crazy glue and a box of wine.
I was a bit anxious to meet our fellow hikers as we only knew Dave. He’s our financial adviser and friend and this next section of trail was his baby. We were just tagging along. We usually hike by ourselves but were excited to try a group hike. More people mean more laughs and give a fresh perspective. We weren’t disappointed as it was an entertaining group.
*Here they are:
Dave, AKA as ‘Naked Dave’, although we didn’t see any evidence on this hike. He is patient, generous, and funny and the master mind of this hike. He loves swimming in high mountain lakes and was often seen crawling around on the ground getting a shot of a flower. His profession is financial adviser.
Bill, AKA ‘The Mapster’, because he has a mind for all the little details and likes to know where we are on the trail and what lies ahead. He is steady,dependable and has a cute way of using his eyes as punctuation for jokes. His profession is a doctor, OB/Gyn to be specific.
Annie, AKA ‘Legs’, could out walk just about everybody on the trail and has a gorgeous pair of them. She was also known as the ‘trout-slayer’ because of her fish killing capabilities. A lover of rocks, natural beauty and whiskey. Which kind of describes her too: solid, beautiful and with a spicy wit. She is also Dave’s daughter and her profession is geologist.
Alagi, also known as ‘Flash’, because he always looked so dapper and he had a flash backpack. Born and raised in Gambia, this was his first time backpacking and above 2000 feet. He almost always had a smile and was often seen appreciating the beauty of God’s creation. Dave’s son-in-law, and Annie’s brother-in-law. He works in a hospital and is studying to be a nurse.
Mark called the ‘appster’ because he has the PCT trail on his phone and used it when the ‘mapster’ needed assistance. He is an all around great guy and my devoted husband of 32 years. Helpful in all things he also always curious about people, things and places. He can engage anybody in a conversation and often did. Farmer and rancher by trade.
Me. No trail name that I know of. I’m often silly and usually in a good mood on the trail. I ask too many questions and take a perverse pleasure in chugging up the hills and delight in an afternoon swim. A high-school dropout, my profession is a good book. 🙂
* Characterizations are obviously NOT exhaustive, but only this author’s snapshot opinion.