I think I referred to my “shortcomings” and subsequent bypassing our trail camp as due to “poor signage” and “less-than-stellar map reading skills.” Both of these statements still hold true, however Big Sis in all her Girl Scout persistence did uncover some additional information. This information might have been useful to have when we set out on our adventure.
It seems that we were indeed on a dirt trail (Skyline to the Sea Bypass Trail) that did not appear on the map I had purchased from REI. Yes, I actually purchased a map when our planned trek to camp was apparently only 2.2 miles. A lot of good it did me. *sigh*
Well, because we were on this bypass trail, and not the trail shown on the map we had in hand, nothing made much sense. In fact, had we continued on in the direction we were headed, we could very well have ended up back where we started.
Take a look at this picture of the map which is located on the sign as you enter the road to parking lot. Notice it is handwritten! That’s because I am the first to post such map on the INTERNET (even Big Basin’s own site) for unassuming folks like me whose poor navigational skills have her heading off in the wrong direction. *sigh*
Okay, so maybe I still could use a little guidance from theMan… just a little. Okay, maybe A LOT! I’m feeling a little more pathetic and a lot less happy-go-lucky right now. *BIG HUGE SIGH* In the meantime, perhaps it is time to read that little book navigational skills that I purchased in Kings Canyon.