And remember the facts: if you’re well equipped, and of sound mind and body, the wilderness is one of the safest places you can be.
-Kristin Hostetter BACKPACKER MAGAZINE
Gumboot Lake to Bull Lake (Castle Crags Wilderness
So right now I am really trying to believe what Kristin says. You see outside my tent it is raining hard and thunder and lightning are loud and near. My plans for a leisurely evening fell apart in a matter of minutes. On the positive side I am warm, dry, and have a full stomach ( largely because I just raided tomorrow’s food allotment).
Readers I think today gets the award of the flattest trail miles in the mountains. I walked 24 miles on trail that ranged in elevation from 6100 to 7000 feet. The trail followed the crest with spanning views of the snow-covered Trinity Alps undulating between one gem of a lake and numerous creeklets. The day was cool with amazing cloud formations.
After hiking about 4 miles this morning I decided to eat my afternoon Snickers bar while walking. I glanced over to the ridge beside the trail and there was a couple sitting outside their tent in sleeping bags enjoying the sunrise. Stunning. They looked like a picture on cover of BACKPACKER Magazine.
Gear Fav of the Day: Hiking skirt that I bought at Costco. It has little shorts under the skirt. It is very comfortable. I love it.
Food Fav: Jelly Belly Sports Beans cherry flavor with caffeine. This is my secret for hiking long miles without getting cranky.
So can anyone identify the red flower below?