June 26th, 2006

hiking - fancy dinner

Update from the wilds

Bax called. He is officially out of the desert and could not be happier about it.

He rolled into the Kennedy Meadows General Store (the thru-hikers unoffical start of the Sierra and the End of the Desert) and kissed the porch. There is a photo - I'll post it as soon as I get the camera card. He plans to make a voice post sometime Monday afternoon. There is no cell reception there and only one pay phone. It typically has a deep waiting list - which is why he called me at midnight. The voice post will also involve filk - don't say I didn't warn you.

The last couple of days have been very hot and dry, broken up by a high-speed car ride and an extremely local flood. Bax also reports that he has lost all fear. So there you go - the desert does change a man. He also says his morale is much higher and he's looking forward to heading into Yosemite.

- Kady
hiking - standing tall

Voice Post: "Closer to Done"

VoicePost
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“And now, in honor of my reaching Kennedy Meadows and the end of the desert, the song that has been writing itself in my head for the last 250 miles.

[To the tune of the Indigo Girls' "Closer To Fine" - Lyrics in comments]

... Oh, and, by the way, if anyone wants to dig up a [karaoke and/or instrumental] copy of this song, or the previous one, I would be more than happy to record studio versions when I get back to civilization.”

Transcribed by: baxil