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Mineral King 2014 Trip

Day 6 of 6

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Friday, July 4th
Drive home

In the morning, we packed up our camp. It was a little strange leaving just as everyone else arrived, but we had exhausted most of the day hikes in the area, and were ready to leave after our 6th day.

We stopped by the ranger station and our youngest got his junior ranger badge. As this was July 4th, the station was completely overwhelmed with backpackers getting their wilderness permits. Next time we visit Mineral King, we'll probably do a backpacking trip instead, but we'll probably enter via Lodgepole or thereabouts; that's a much easier drive.

We stopped by Silver City briefly on our way out, then continued down Mineral King Road. I probably could have picked a better time to leave (it was close to noon now). I was hoping that most people coming in would have arrived by Thursday night, but there were quite a few stragglers coming up the road on Friday. We encountered about 30 cars on the way down. Most were fine, although one in particular came flying around a blind corner way too fast and onto my side of the road. They slammed on the brakes and veered away to avoid hitting us. Just take it slow!

Our car started acting up again and we had to stop a few times, so we didn't make it back until about 6:30pm. After this car has taken us over 220,000 miles in 14 years, over countless dirt and mountain roads and wilderness adventures, it's time to get a new one...


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