Since we were staying a while, I spent some time on good dinners. This was lemon and dill alfredo with salmon, green beans, carrots, chia seeds and avocado oil... YUM!
Dimples taking a nap, while Rogue is fishing in the background
Being an Arizona boy, I LOVE my WATER!!!
Snake Eyes and Rogue taking a nap
Dimples giving me thank you kisses
It was buggy, but filtering had to be done. The Sawyer squeeze is inexpensive ($20) and only weighs 2oz but takes forever. I now just use Aquamira drops and am so much happier!
The trail ascending the Pass was nice. It was the steep descent that made it difficult. We dropped 6,000 vertical feet in 4 hours... Which is exactly what should be done for someone experiencing altitude sickness
Trying to get down to that high desert!!
Looking back from where we had come
Storms had been hitting hard so I stayed at the Mammoth Hostel the second night. It was a mix of JMT (John Muir Trail) hikers and some injured northbound PCTers. It was fun to share tips and stories with a new crew. The hostel was located in an old A-frame house.
Getting back on trail knowing the storms could strike at any moment!
3 distinct storm systems kept collecting together. I had a new tarp and had set it up once so I was a little nervous. Plus I was alone. It rained on and off and I thought that I was beating the storm. Around 2:30pm it looked like the trail was going up again. I didn't want to be exposed, but I didn't want to be in a flood zone either. I found a good enough site and made camp
It was cold.. I was happy to have my down pants
It rained so much and the ground could soak up no more water. I had to dig a trench around me to divert the rain. It worked great and kept me busy so I didn't have to think too much about the impending doom
The rain lasted for 4 hours straight.. Thundering and lightning straight overhead, but then it stopped and the sun came out! I have yet to sleep through a gnarly storm with this tarp. I'm guessing that is coming in Washington.
Today was my birthday and I wanted to spend it at Tuolumne Meadows. It was 20 miles away, but beautiful!!
I love the fluffy storm clouds. They make for great pictures as long as the weather doesn't turn
This is 1,000 Island lakes
Stream crossings were fun here