I trade sweat for strength.
I trade sleep for sunrise.
I trade doubt for belief.
I trade my walking for nothing.
~ New Balance
Squaw Creek to Peter Grubb Hut (north of Donner Pass)
Wumph. Wumph, wumph is what I heard about 10 minutes after I left camp this morning. Right in front of me a BIG cinnamon bear had leaped up a tree. He wasn’t going anywhere, so I walked way above him. Sorry didn’t flip out my trusty iPhone at that moment to get a photo, but I did get a picture of his scat down the trail (below).
Coming into Donner Pass today was really fun. People on the trail were happy, clean, some had dogs, and others had kids. It was great. I talked to quite a few nice, interesting day hikers.
I have wondered how PCT hikers get across busy freeways like I 80. Viola! the special steel pipe! (photo below) Upon coming to this find I quickly decided it would be great to cook and eat dinner under the freeway. Way cool!
I have found that if I eat a LARGE amount of a special mashed potato recipe I got from PCT hikers Yellowstone and Skyward, I feel full and have lots of energy. If anyone wants the recipe I would be glad to email it.
I am camped outside a Sierra Club Hut called the Peter Grubb Hut north of I 80. It is used primarily during the winter and is sporting a deluxe solar potty. I had fun exploring inside. Good night for now.
– Big bear scat
– Rockin’ with less snow in her future
– I have to hike down that?
– Hiker route under I 80
– Peter Grubb Hut
– You got it yet another solar potty dedicated to Chris D.