1050 (Ebbetts Pass) to 1041 (Wolf Creek)
Took a zero day yesterday with Steph to get ready for my third section since the stress fracture- going south from Ebbetts Pass back to Tuolumne Meadows (Yosemite). Breezed through packing food and washing gear. Then spent hours and hours on the latest blog posts. Too many photos I can't decide which to post. Struggling to find words to express the experience of the last section. Then the day is gone and I have to push "publish" even though I could do better if I just had more time to edit.
I still get butterflies in my belly the night before I leave to get back on the trail. Rougher terrain and the higher elevations are ahead. And I associate Tuolumne Meadows with the pain of the stress fracture, since that's where I hobbled off the trail. So, gear has been paired down further. Giving up the umbrella and 2nd shoes (the trail runners). They say you pack your fears (ie bring lots of clothes if your fear is the cold). My pack has never been lighter but I can't tell if this is because I'm fearless, or because there is no material thing that I can use to ward off the remaining fears.
After being out here for a few hours, the pre-hike jitters are replaced with confidence. I am in my element out on the PCT. Pack resting reassuringly against my back. If I do encounter adverse conditions, I know I will handle them.
|Cows with jingling bells.|
He reported there was good flow at the spring above Asa Lake and added that the swimming there should be good and there was no one else there. OMG he knows I like swimming! Well duh I guess I do say that a lot here in the blog.
My feet sighed with relief at the cool water of Asa Lake. The waters teeming with life. Banks lined with the colors of fall.
The first night out is always a little rough, I reminded myself. Especially the hour after the sun goes down when I can still hear scurrying sounds but can no longer see the chipmunk silhouettes. Not quite tired enough to just collapse into sleep. The grrrr of my rumbling stomach startles me and I instinctively reach for my headlamp to see what made the sound. Finally I remembered that my hammock is a magic impenetrable fortress of safety and comfort where no harm can befall me. Then I fell sound asleep.
|Home sweet home.|