July 21 – Butterflies

The thing to remember when traveling is that the trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.
~Louis L’Amour, Ride the Dark Trail
compliments of Hamburger Helper

North of Bobby Lake to Horseshoe Lake – Three Sisters Wilderness
26 miles

Sometimes ya just know you are in the right place at the right time.

My walk today in the woods of Three Sisters Wilderness was dotted with countless small ponds with an occasional picturesque lake. I was pretty happy to discover one of the original PCT signs embedded in a tree. It says “Pacific Crest Trail System”.

In the afternoon I met two really lovely women who are hiking a section of the PCT to McKenzie Pass. They asked me about my small pack and how much it weighed.

They had both read the book “Wild” and were inspired to take their first long distance hike. At the end of the day we shared a campsite. It was so fun getting to know both of them. We talked gear, family, men, and hiking while they sat in their very comfortable camp chairs around a warm campfire. I sat on my small square of Zrest pad. Too funny. They said I was their butterfly of the day… A good thing.

Turns out they were mine.

 

Charlton Lake
Charlton Lake
Burn Beauty
Burn Beauty
Old PCT Trail Sign - Pacific Crest Trail System
Old PCT Trail Sign – Pacific Crest Trail System
Ponds Abound
Ponds Abound
Bug on Bear Grass
Bug on Bear Grass
Patty
Patty
Patty and BJ
Patty and BJ
Rockin', BJ, and Patty
Rockin’, BJ, and Patty

 

10 Comments

  1. I love your shot on the point at Charlton Lake. I camped in that exact spot last year and got my favorite picture of the section hike from that same angle during the red and purple sunrise in the morning.
    -GoalTech

  2. So happy to see you meeting people. On our way today (the 24) to Missouri.

  3. Literally “girls night out” – how great is that?!

  4. steve scarano

    Ms Rockin’, I am really jazzed that you are apparently toting the booklet I gave you and you are reading it. Although I am just a poser I feel like I am a little bit on the trail with you. Thanks for that.
    Hamburger Helper

  5. Great post. Loved the picture of the blaze being overgrown by the tree. Great shot.

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