Wow. What an amazing experience for my first backpacking trip. If I would have known what the journey entailed, I doubt I would have thought myself capable. Sometimes it is good to go into something blindly. Cohl and I took a 2 ½ week long road trip through California at the end of July. (Hence, my very infrequent postings since then.) Along the way, we decided to stop in Yosemite and backpack for 3 days/2 nights. Cohl picked out a route, 6.3 miles long, which supposedly had a lot of dirt and a few rocks along the trail. Inside, I kind of rolled my eyes thinking, “I run over 6 miles most days. We’re just going to walk for 6 miles—this is going to be cake!” Boy, was I ever wrong. The trail in which Cohl selected was more like a ton of rock and, “Hallelujah we’ve found some dirt!!!” Strap on a 25-pound pack to my back and then tell me to walk on those rocks with an elevation change of 2000 feet—ya, running was looking more and more like a kindergartener’s sport.
About 2 miles into our trek to our camping site, we decided to take a snack break. As soon as our packs hit the ground we started to feel a few raindrops on our heads. This lasted for a total of 5 seconds, and then it was as if the sky opened up and all “hail” broke loose. Let’s just say, we didn’t quite make it to our snack. Cohl whipped out the rain fly for our tent and threw it over my head and told me to go stand by this huge fallen-over tree. He then scurried about to make sure all of our belongings stayed dried. Cohl then jimmy-rigged the rain fly so we had a perfectly dry little shelter during the storm. After about 30 minutes of this downpour of hail, I began to get a little concerned. “Was this ever going to slow down? Would these chickpea-sized hail droplets turn into golf ball-sized hail?!” Fortunately, after about an hour, it began to slow down. Since our hours of daylight were numbered, we decided to journey on in the drizzle. About two more miles—straight uphill, and an hour and a half later, we finally got to enjoy our snack. This Honey Nut Cranberry Chocolate Chip granola will forever in my heart be remembered as Yosemite Backpackers’ Hailstorm Granola. Click picture above and below to see the Hailstorm in Action!!!