Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 3 - Day 73 - Coming to Tahoe

From a copse of trees below Elephant's Back (Mile 1076.7) to Highway 50 (Mile 1092.3)

Total PCT Miles Hiked Today: 15.6

Pan here.

Again, beautiful country today! The Sierras are an inexhaustibly diverse mountain region - so full of surprising delight. We awoke in the dark before dawn high up in our mountain cirque. I made coffee just in time for the mozzies to join us. We broke camp and were crossing the ice field on the ridge slope by 6:15.

Soon we were on the Tahoe Rim Trail portion of the PCT. We even had glimpses of huge Lake Tahoe in the distance -- so blue!

We made great time. The landscape unfolded for quite awhile - especially by the Upper Truckee River, where, alas, a trillion mosquitoes arose from the flowers and willows and meadows and trees -- so we had to hurry on. Crazy.

We made more than 15 miles by noonish, and we arrived at Highway 50 about 10 miles above South Lake Tahoe. Time to resupply for the next five days, so we hitched into town and set up at the Motel 6. All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet next door was a heaven-send! Then naps & laundry. Tomorrow back on the trail - a 100-mile jaunt, then back out at Sierra City for resupply.

Pass the tequila!


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