|See, I'm staying off my injured foot. Really...|
|Yay for trees!|
|Yay for flowers!|
Where the PCT crosses 50, we ran into Coppertone making up root beer floats for Acorn and another PCT hiker. He recognized me from when I saw him back at mile 315. It felt awesome to be recognized as a PCT hiker- I realize I have become so attached to that identity. So happy to be called 'Hemlock'! I haven't seen Acorn since the beginning of the trail- he was off a week for shin splints. Acorn and I commiserated about how slowly time goes when we are off the trail.
Back at Carson Pass, there just happened to be a geology talk going on right after I got done with my stroll. I've been hoping to run into someone to explain the geology of the area since I started the PCT. It was fascinating to learn about the plate tectonics that shaped the region and why the Sierras are so unique geologically.
My favorite part was learning about the glaciers that carved out the U-shaped valleys and left lateral moraines that help form lakes. I hadn't understood the geological process that explained the landscapes I had been seeing on my hike before, so this made me really appreciate the Sierra in a way I hadn't before. He also recommended a few excellent youtube videos by Wendy VanNorden that talk about Sierra geology (be sure to check out "The Geologic History of Southern California" and "Glacial erosion"). Way cool!!!
|On the geology walk.|