Mike had a chance to stop by the store on his way through Lake Tahoe on the Pacific Crest Trail and it was the first time we actually got to meet in person. Here is his 4th installment from his time on the PCT.
My break at Tuolumne Meadow was great, including visiting Guy, a friend who works at the park. In fact, we caught up over dinner one night, a dinner that included a double dose of dessert consisting of pie and ice cream. It does a hiker good!
I was gathering my gear, planning on hiking out about noon on July 4th and as luck would have it, I saw a pack I recongized, another Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 owned by none other than my hiking friend Peter, who I had not seen since Big Bear in Southern California. After catching up for a few minutes, we opted to hike out together.
The hiking from Tuolumne Meadow to Sonora Pass was, as I had been previously warned, contained both hilly terrain and bugs. During one stretch while hiking through the meadow leading to Dorthy Lake while attempting to apply bug dope, remove my pack, swat mosquitios and get clothes on I broke into my “bug dance”. I’m sure it was quite a sight but luckily Peter opted to hike on so hopefull there are no photo’s or worse yet, videos of this episode.
On reaching Sonora Pass there was again “Trail Magic” provided by “Meadow Mary” and “Billy Goat”. Thanks to you both! Further up the trail, at Walker Pass, there was an impromptu dose of “Trail Magic” provided by Jack, an PCT thru-hiker of several years ago. Also a Walker Pass was the end of the “Markleeville Death Ride”, a 130 mile bike ride complete with I believe, five or six mountain passes. I rather missed the bike at the moment.
After a bit more hiking I reached Echo Lake (S. Lake Tahoe area) for a minor resupply and headed for Kings Beach, CA to visit the staff at Tahoe Mountain Sports (my sponsors).