Hitch off Whitney

I’m back in the hitching game headed for Las Vegas after coming off Mount Whitney yesterday… Momentum started way up there at 9000′ in the back of a stranger’s pickup sitting next to a dead deer head but that’s another story. Got a little rest last night then took fellow summiteers @christopher.wesley and @boomshroom2 on a tour of the radder side of Lone Pine this morning. I thought maybe they slipped me some better stuff because I sorta started hallucinating this afternoon while waiting in the heat for a hitch. It was the best high I’ve had in a long time, and some beyond unimaginably gift-like hitching. All that worrying for nothing (don’t hitch to Vegas or do anything I do for that matter, kids)! Karma is high, life is good.
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No but seriously, just before leaving Lone Pine I noticed the solar panel I’d just received in the mail was 21 watt instead of the 15 watt I ordered. it’s way too late in hike-planning to return it and get the right (lighter, smaller) one. Caitlin, a total stranger who drove me into Death Valley, happened to have the exact 15 watt panel I was supposed to have in her trunk. I asked her if she would like to trade for the $$$ heavier 21 watt and she was into it! What are the chances?! Angel!