Just because the trail looks good doesn’t mean you should take it!
Sonora Pass to 2nd creek-let
Today was one of those really good days and really bad days. The good being that I was on the trail again, it was perfect hiking weather, and the views were stupendous. The bad being just one mile from the trail head I lost the trail due to snow, and it happened again and again and again. Sometimes there would be a mile of just snow or just one snow bank after another, and sometimes muddy marshes. I had to really trust my sense of direction, my Topo Maps app, and keep my confidence up. Toward the end of the day just about when I was going to give it up a group of PCT hikers Stick, Graduate, and Transient came up from behind. I was right on top of the trail (10 feet of snow on top of it). Being a really happy camper at that point I continued on with Stick and Transient. Consequentially my miles today were well earned but low.
I think life is a lot like getting on the wrong path just because it is easy and looks good. Very bad outcomes usually ensue. What do you think?
– Rockin’ on the snow and at the trail head
– Look at ALL that snow
– Looking south at Yosemite