a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 2473.8 to 2493.5. Lake Janus camp to Lake Sally Ann camp.
Dario ended up putting his phone back together last night and only went to bed around 11.30pm. So we sleep in until 6.30am today. The weatherman was right: the sky is cloudy, there is no sun and we are generally feeling a little glum. We are so ready to arrive. But it is very foreseeable now. Less than 10 days until Canada!
We take our breakfast break after we have climbed the first mountain and have a lovely view from up there. Even the sun comes out briefly to dry our tent (more or less).
We are eating berries all day long. Huckleberries or blueberries, we have no idea, but they taste so delicious. Our mouths are blue, and Dario’s hands are so so blue. I don’t know what he does with those berries that they rub off on his hands so much! But we should really hike a little faster now. Our plan still is to do 22-mile days and we need to try and keep it up.
We take our lunch a little later at so-called Pear Lake. The sun even comes out to keep us company for about a half an hour in which we try and soak it up as much as we can. There are also a few very pretty birds around looking curiously at our food. We previously emptied out our doritos chips crumbles by mistake and they are very interested in them.
I know we’ve been mentioning loads of times who beautiful autumn is out here. But we just can’t get over just HOW beautiful it is. White mountain peaks. Bushes in every shade of red and orange. Green pine trees, yellow leaves from other trees. It’s stunning, even when the sun isn’t shining. We are walking through meadows and parallel to mountain ridges and it’s just really impressive. We take hundreds of pictures. I can’t help but feel very happy once more. So many completely different emotions out here!!! While we have been seeing a lot of hikers in the last couple days, we see only one NOBO and a couple of SOBOs today. We feel alone. But in a good way. We have this paradise all to ourselves.
While there is still no rain we can already see some thunderclouds forming up ahead. According to our GPS app they are just north of us and exactly where we are headed. We might evade them by camping a little earlier where we can still hope that no rain is going to come this way during the night. And we find the perfect spot.
Lake Sally Ann is amazing. It’s embedded in this mountain, its water colour is gorgeous, and there are some pine tree groups providing protection from wind and possibly rain. We set up camp underneath some pine trees, we can see the lake on one side and the most fabulous view on the other side. It’s still light out, and we enjoy camping early and taking in the scenery.
Once we are in the tent we hear other people approaching - it looks like we will not be the only ones sleeping here tonight. After dinner, Netflix and blogging we go to bed early and have a great sleep (and hopefully no rain despite the forecast!).