1084 (Showers Lake) to 1078 (Carson Pass)
Another sunrise. Ahh this is the life. Spent the morning sitting on the rocks by the shore of Showers Lake. Just watching the light. And the chipmunks playing.
|Fall color along Showers Lake.|
|Salad with mango salsa dressing. Mmmm.|
Reflecting on this section between Sierra City and Carson Pass, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for being back on the PCT. Thankful to all those who have helped me get through the injury. I am delighted that the pace of this trip allowed me to have a good balance, and to take the time for other things. Anticipating spending more time in camp, my planning centered around getting myself to beautiful campsites and finding mid-day swimming holes. I got to study light, guess where the sun would rise so I could position myself to take photos. I got to talk to so many wonderful people.
Listening to my body has been going better. I'm less frustrated not being able to do the kind of miles I could before the injury. I am grateful for what my body can do, all the amazing places they are taking me. Most days, I had to coax the last few miles out of the feet with frequent rest breaks, massages, and stream soaks. But I think it's all muscle sore because they responded well to the extra care.
A note on my footware because it's been something I've struggled with after the injury... I've been carrying two sets of shoes, altra trail runners (what I've been wearing the past 6 months and when I got the injury) and keen trail shoes (a style which I wore for a few years before switching to trail runners). Never carried two sets of shoes, but I'm doing all I can to take care of my feet right now.
Overall though, I was thrilled how this section went and I'm excited for the next part between Ebbetts Pass and Tuolumne Meadows- back on towards the Sierras.