Day 80: Bugs, lakes, and the kindness of strangers

June 30, 2014
23 miles today
1089 miles total

Today was great, I woke up to Arctic packing up. I looked at my watch it was 5:30. I told him I would catch him later and went back to sleep. I was on trail by 7:30, it was a warm morning.

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Luckily Arctic took a nice morning break in a beautiful meadow. I was able to catch him there. I had second breakfast there, it was an excellent view.

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The trail was just as great as it has been. Mellow ups and downs. We crushed miles fast today. I was expecting to reach the visitor center at Carson Pass in the afternoon, but I got there a little after noon. Once there a lovely volunteer asked if I wanted a coke. I had been craving a soda all morning. It was a great place to relax, eat lunch, and people watch.

A nice day hiker came up to me and started asking questions about the trail. She was excited and fun to talk to, before she hit the trail she gave me a delicious peach. I shared it with the other hikers who were there, it was so delicious and juicy. I miss fruit!

We got back on the trail close to 3. The hike started up and through a meadow. There were so many flowers it was hard to hike. I wanted to look at them all.

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We also ran into several little girls who went on a 3 night hike with their dads. They all told us to swim in Showers lake. They seemed excited and had a great time even with all the mosquitoes. I love seeing young kids out. How cool that they were on a trip with their dads?!

I took a quick swim break at Showers Lake. The water was warm and a bath was much needed. Even though we are heading to town tomorrow it is nice to be less stinky when you get into a strangers car. It was a nice treat.

Finally I made it to camp a little after 7. The final 5 miles were big filled but nice.  I have been hiding in my tent, even had dinner in here to escape the wrath of the buggers. Hopefully tomorrows short hike to town will help us escape them.

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One thought on “Day 80: Bugs, lakes, and the kindness of strangers

  1. Fun to read more days of your blog – and realized I missed meeting you by just an hour at blue lakes rd – I did meet emu and mozzie, who are the sweetest hikers I’ve ever run into, although there are several close contestants among the thru-hikers – all of them are such cool people!

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