beautiful desolation


Lake Tahoe

Day 93 After consuming 6 lbs of cereal and a gallon of milk for breakfast, we set off to do a few errands around South Lake. We just needed to go to the post office, pick up a few things and visit the world wide web so we thought that’d leave us plenty of time for relaxing. Except for the fact South Lake Tahoe is about 5 miles long and only a block wide. It took us AGES to walk all over town and run errands. We did enjoy a picnic on the lake and ran into Andy and met fellow thru-hiker Freebie but by evening all we had energy for was to watch 5 back-to-back episodes of Bear Grylls in Man vs. Wild.  I don’t know how many actual survival skills we learned (Run at all times!  Go into deep dark labyrinth caves!  Jump in roaring rivers and drift to civilization!) but it was entertaining.

Lake Aloha

Lake Aloha

Day 94 – Day 96 After getting a hitch in 5 minutes flat we were back on the PCT. The trail through the non-desolate Desolation Wilderness and Granite Chief Wilderness was captivating beautiful. Deep shimmering lakes, lovely ridge walks, fields of purple Lupine, golden Woolly Sunflower and fire-engine red Indian Paintbrush. But in the woods of red firs dressed in lime green sweaters of lichen the mosquitoes were intense. Motivated by the first Trail Angels since Kennedy Meadows, we did 27+ mile days to make it to Pooh Corner by the evening of Tuesday June 30th.