Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer! Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing. – John Muir
North of Tahoe/Yosemite Junction to Echo Lakes – 18.9 miles
It was a thru-hikers dream.
Clouds filled the sky delighting the eye, as we traveled through Desolation Wilderness. One lake after another dotted the landscape. A photographer’s dream.
The weather has taken a turn and I took advantage, taking a few dips in stream and lake. I feel alive and invigorated.
As we walked, It was fun talking to PCT thrus. We saw 12 in all today. Wired took pics of each one and documented their story on her blog. She is a blogger on steroids. Wired in all her networking arranged to meet trail angel, Chandra and Freerange Amelia at Echo Lakes.
As we descended to Echo Lakes, Why Not and I schemed to convince Wired to stay at Echo Lake, preferably a place with a shower and bed. Boy did we get our wish and then some.
Freerange, a PCT 2011 thru-hiker offered to set us up with absolutely everything at an idyllic lodge in an awesome location. BUT the BIG treat was the gourmet appetizers, meal, drink, and dessert all prepared by Freerange’s aunt. We met new people, enjoyed community and serendipity. Thank you to all the fine folks that opened their hearts and lodge to 3 dirty, but very happy hikers.
Thank you everyone for following along and the encouraging comments. It brings me such joy to hear and read. AND thank you for hanging in there with me for replying after I get off trail.