|Rebecca and Pi looking into Kern Canyon with the Kaweah Ridge in the bacground|
Waking up in the morning at the top of Wallace creek was a good feeling. Not only were we very close to the Kern, but we had the majority of our uphill out of the way and a very easy day down to Junction Meadow. On top of that, the smoke that we had seen in the canyon the day before from the George Fire was no longer evident, which meant a couple of things. First, we would not be breathing smoke the whole day, and second, there was a good chance that the fire was contained and that our helicopter (bringing us boats and taking Marc and Ann out) was probably going to be there when it was supposed to be.
|Heading into Kern Canyon|
Even though we had an easy day in front of us, some of us were pretty beat down (read me) from the heavy packs and long days leading up to this point. Dave, Allison and Andrew, however, were not, so they elected to go on yet another adventure while the rest of us made the descent down to the river.
|First look at Junction Meadow|
|Back at this sign 7 years later|
When we got down to where Wallace Creek Trail hits the Kern Canyon trail we took a minute to snap a picture at a sign that we had visited 7 years earlier on our Headwaters of the Kern expedition (Rebecca was the first Woman to paddle it). Funny how much has changed since then.
|Looking up into the Kern-Kaweah river|
|Marc and Ann chilling|
|Pi and Dad floating sticks in the river|
|Rebecca debating the merits of jumping in|
|Um, it's cold...|
After a while we got the radio call from the others and met them at camp. While it was a relatively leisurely day, we were still pretty beat and happy to hang out at "bear camp". The next day we had some mileage to make to stay on schedule to meet the chopper, but we were now on the Kern, our home river.