We sat down to a beautiful view, company, and breakfast. It’s like art the way it was laid on the plate. I have not idea how it’s formally described, but in my layman’s terms we had eggs on top of cut up tortillas soaked in a light salsa taste, with avacados, fruit, and sausage. Yep, that’s the best I got…not a great food describer…the pictures show the wonderfulness! Yep, that beats my regular Odwalla Bar breakfast…
At Echo Lake, there were more PCT hikers there getting resupplies organized and I saw a fellow PCT 2011er, Mr Furious who was out to thru hike again. We all chatted with the hikers for a bit and finally got back on trail at 10:15am. It was a nice leisurely start to the morning, but we knew we had quite the climb ahead. It was a consistent up, but it was cloudy with and 80% chance of rain/storms and we were thankful for that because it could have been brutal in heat.
We were still overlapping with the PCT for about 15 more miles and in the few hours before lunch, we ran into 15 thru hikers. We had brief conversations with all of them and it was tough to keep stopping, but it was fun to find some connections in there and meet some more of this class of hikers. I’ve always thought of a southbound PCT hike for more solitude and now realize how hectic it could be through Oregon and California running into so many northbounders!
|L to R, Top: Rocky Point, Mr Furious, Kmart, Flyin Fish, Middle: Karen, Raymon, Eskimo, Snickers, Fluffy Star, Freedom Train, Misery, Bottom: Bogie, Whiskers, Oatmeal, Go Ducks.|
The clouds loomed all day and it would rain lightly from time to time, but we fortunately dodged are rain and storms. The section we hiked through made us think of the CDT in Colorado with the storm clouds, patches of snow on the surrounding mountains, and expansive views.
We hiked later than we planned to get the miles in so we could finish tomorrow with under 23mi left to hike. We had gotten a late start this morning and stopped to chat with all those thru hikers, so progress was delayed today. We were focused on pushing to camp when around 6pm, Why Not saw a morel mushroom right next to the trail. She has gotten into mushroom hunting in the last few years and a morel is quite the find! They are so rare that they go for $40/lb in stores.
This mushroom hunting made our last few miles go quite a bit slower than expected, but it was worth it! We hiked passed highway 89 near the public Luther Pass Campground and wanted to get far enough in to be out of sight and mostly sound of the highway. We ended up finding our best site of the trip! Flat spots in super comfy over sized pine needles. We set up prepared for almost definite rain overnight. I’m up late blogging and the rain started to come down around 10:30pm. It’s after midnight and still coming down steadily. Rain is expected for tomorrow too and it’s nice that we’re hiking to the cars and dry beds!