PCT 2015 – Week 8

25 June – mi 973 – Dad’s birthday – plastic ground cloth shake out alarm clock – Alpaca & Chicory sneak off in the wee morning hours – more “bumpy” terrain – better spirits – new and confined terrain – “Land Before Time” – lunch swim and nap in Wilma Lake – blue dragonflies on green rushes – pollen coating the water – SLO girls at the ford – could not out run the worst mosquitos ever – Dorothy Lake – mi. 997 

Blue dragonflies

 
26 June – mi. 997 – mosquitos still! – sleep in, sore and tired – hike with Key Lime again – mile 1002 – ridge line lunch and nap – Emigrant Pass – San Juan similarities – more volcanic terrain – eating snow, drinking snowmelt – Cardboard proposes, she says yes – Sonora Pass – The Owl – Sonora Pass Cafe trail magic – beautiful canyon – failed hitch – picnic camp – mile 1017

 

Putting the feet up on a bear can

 
27 June – mi. 1017 – Bridgeport resupply/rest day – Patriotism and tourists – breakfast at a bar with Susan and Stringer – new shirt – Zoolander, Frosty Bottoms, Penny Lane – sunset poetry – wine & fish – 2 person tent – camp – mi. 1021

 

The Owl’s Sonora Pass Cafe

 
28 June – mi 1017 – 1041 – great lazy morning – Cinnabon – part ways on the trail – Flying Eagle – overcast day with afternoon rain – lush veg. – wildflowers – lupine & mile ears – forest, neon moss – granite & volcanic – Zoolander fire camp

 

Wildflower season

 
29 June – mi 1041-1070 – energetic, fast morning – carnation instant coffee breakfast – more wildflowers, sagebrush and volcanic hoodoos – big scenery – the Dentist, Fancy Pants, Bucket, Tequila Jack – evening storm scare off a ridge – Lost Lakes camp

 

Volcanic rock and sagebrush

 
30 June – mi. 1070 – the beauty keeps coming – more and more wildflowers – day hikers, sign or civilization nearby – Carson Pass cookies and milk – lush forest, clean granite – 23 miles by 2 – South Lake Tahoe vacation madness – hiker lounge at Lake of the Sky Outfitters – hikers off trail – Mountain Mellow Mountain hostel – burrito & cereal – mi. 1093 

 

Views in all directions

 
1 July – South Lake Tahoe – rest day – Danger Muffin & Cat Lady – MacDuffs quinoa burger – do not need to buy anything in town – the trail provides – North to Quincy – bus, trolley, bus – jazz on a bus – Annie O. – Truckee 

Hiker in his unnatural environment, town

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