Wasn’t even like a walk around Fort Bragg!
My goal was the ghost town of Panamint City in the mountains west of Death Valley.
It is only a five and a half mile hike from the trailhead but it took me eight and a half hours to get up there!!
The starting elevation is 2,249 ft. and the finish, 6,346 ft. I had to scramble up a couple waterfalls and then struggle through two miles of brush.
My feet held up just fine because of all the walking I have been doing but my back and hips were not used to the weight of the backpack I carried.
Fortunately, there is a nice cabin complete with running water. I stayed three nights. The weather was perfect; 60 degrees during the day, 40 at night.
I saw burros, Ravens, chipmunks, Juncos, Goldfinches, one hawk and recent scat from Coyote. At night I heard, but never saw, the resident packrat.
Nor did I see a single person or speak a single word.
I explored the mining ruins and the various canyons during the day. Evenings I read the log book entries by previous visitors and a 1978 National Geographic.
No cell phone, no Wi-Fi, no lights, electricity, traffic or noise except the occasional wind in the Juniper and pine. Wonderful!
It took five and a half hours to hike down.
In a few more days I will drive six hundred miles home and be walking the Easy Streets of Fort Bragg once again.