To Waptus Lake mile 2427
On the ascent, there is a wonderful moment when Jan asks if these mountains are the "Four Brothers" Peaks that we noticed on the map. I pull out paper map and compass and sure enough there they are, brother like lumps of blocky rock squeezed together. Putting topo lines together with mountain shapes provides a grounding sense of place.
|Getting red fred in the shed to find Four Brothers|
|Maybe this one is really called Cathedral|
|The other side of the pass, more colors.|
Surely here is where the dragonflies will be the size of hummingbirds and other forest friends will lurk. And yet, we still see zero scat. Zero! The forest seems empty. Where are all the creatures? My Montana-trained eyes still scan for grizzlies and moose, but alas, not even a squirrel. Is this forest out of balance? Are they just staying clear of the PCT corridor?
No word from the stress fracture site, not a peep. Everything seems happy but my poor legs that itch for more miles.
Hammock is set up in a sheltered site in deep forest. Jan and I lay on the ground in the evening light gazing at the towering giants. Tonight we are tree watching. Watch how they stand, how they reach and twist. That short stubby one broke off but seems to have recovered. Tree watching entertainment - yes I am achieving my slowing down goals!
|Let's watch the trees, Jan.|