1120 (Richardson Lake) to 1102 (Heather Lake)
Today I entered the spectacular Desolation Wilderness. Despite the name, it is popular with dayhikers and weekenders. But it's clear why so many enjoy visiting this place- granite mountains, ancient junipers, deep blue lakes.
|Into the Desolation Wilderness.|
I took a detour off the PCT over to Middle Velma Lake for a midday swim at the recommendation of Judy and Nancy, the TRT hikers I'd met the day before. Had to explode my pack on the shore to locate my swimsuit (i.e. underwear), and I took the opportunity to air out my gear. Then I swam over to a small island. What a life- sitting in the sun on an island all by myself in the middle of a lake in the middle of the wilderness.
|Middle Velma Lake|
|Looking back at Dick's Lake.|
|Traveler's gentian on the banks of a high spring.|
|Camped near Heather Lake.|