We then rushed to get our backcountry wilderness permits (documentation stating that you are allowed to hike in the backcountry, and yes, you have to apply for these months in advance for the JMT in order to get one or you can wait around for days at a time and wait in a lottery type set up to get one but it's never guaranteed). John had to go to 3 different places before we could find the correct one. He got it just in the nick of time (9:50 a.m.) because at 10 they start handing out reserved passes that haven't yet been claimed. (Side note: I could only eat 1/2 of a muffin for breakfast because I was so nervous about the trail)
We find parking at the trailhead lot and store our toiletries in a bear locker and begin on the trail!
We have to make it out of Yosemite Valley which, to put it nicely, is hell. It is straight up and I thought I was going to pass out from pain. Also, there were lots of people dayhiking which is kind of annoying because they are loud, usually in large groups and don't have packs nearly as heavy as ours.
The trail to Nevada Falls (coming out of Yosemite Valley)
Us at Vernal Falls
John pointed to the top of a mountain and said "we need to get there and then continue on before tonight comes" and that's when I lost it. I had been so strong during the days leading up to the hike when everything seemed to be going wrong, everything building up came out--my nerves, my doubts about my ability to do the JMT, the weight of my pack, the uphill climb. I started tearing up (thank goodness I had on sunglasses) and John started talking me through it, bless his heart. I got it together and we continued on. We hiked 7 miles from 4000 ft to 7200 ft to Cloud's Rest Junction and I have never been so happy to arrive somewhere! Also, I saw my first (and hopefully only) rattlesnake in Little Yosemite Valley. Yikes!
Our campsite doe
Campsite at Cloud's Rest Junction
I had no appetite on this day. I had to make myself eat tiny bites of food because I felt like I was going to throw each one up. Nerves, maybe?
Total JMT miles: 7