Day 5: Junction Meadow to Kern Hot Springs
Waking up the morning of Day 5 we knew we had some mileage to make, but we couldn't resist a side hike up the Kern Kaweah river; a spectacular cascade that comes down into Junction Meadow. Unlike the Kern, which would best be described as chunky boulder cascades, the Kern Kaweah is carved out of Granite with more of a waterfall characteristic.
Of course before we could get moving we had to gather the family belongings, something which is not exactly trivial on a trip like this. At one point we set Maggie on a mat without her diaper, and of course she decided it would be a good time to pee...
|I can't believe you are putting this on the internet, Dad|
|Allison soaking up some rays while Marc slays some trout|
|Pi and Dad scoping out their lines|
From Junction Meadow down to Kern Hot Springs is one of the most scenic and enjoyable sections of the Headwaters by boat. By foot it is not quite as spectacular, but close...
|Rebecca and Pi at Junction Meadow|
This trip, with low water, Nine out of Ten looked pretty friendly, marking the first time I wish I had my boat with me on the trip.
|Looking down the center of Nine out of Ten|
|The run-out of Nine out of Ten|
|Yet another waterfall cascading into Kern Canyon|
|Rebecca making her way down|
One thing I never had to consider on a multi-day backpack trip was baby diapers. Usually pack-it-in-pack-it-out works just fine. Ten plus days of diapers would, however, probably weigh around 50 lbs, not to mention the fact that it would be a bit of an olfactory issue. We had brought biodegradable diapers, but the plan was actually to burn them, creating as little impact as possible. If you have not yet sat around a diaper fire in the High Sierra (or anywhere for that matter)... well, let's just say it is an experience.