|Does this count as being |
"above treeline"? =)
So I harvested my crops on FarmVille, packed my backpack, ate lunch at Taco Bell, called Wassamatta_u to harass him and use up more minutes on my cell phone, and finally went back up to Etna Summit to continue hiking.
For the first mile or so, Amanda would join me. She wanted to do miles for the Hike-a-Thon, by golly, and there was a perfectly good trail right there! We left an ice chest with cold drinks and snacks by the trailhead for any hikers who might arrive while we were hiking. We should have left it when Amanda first picked me up but we didn't think to do so at the time.
From Etna Summit, the trail climbed steadily back to the top of the mountain ridges. Although the slope wasn't particularly bad, Amanda wasn't used to them and went up slowly. I let her go ahead of me to set the pace. =) I encouraged her to give naked hiking a try, but she'd have none of that. "It's not so bad," I insisted.
"Fine, you go for it," she told me. *shrug*
|The trail climbed steadily upwards from|
Etna Summit, but it wasn't steep.
We took photos, said our goodbyes, and parted ways. Amanda back to the car and Seattle. Me, pushing closer and closer to Seattle via foot.
Late in the afternoon, while stopped for a snack break, Stick caught up with me and thanked me for the trail magic back at the trailhead. I admitted that was mostly Amanda's work, but glad at least one person could enjoy the unexpected surprise. =)
I also found another note left by Charmin for Hasty. I wasn't surprised that Charmin was ahead of me--she was ahead of me almost as soon as I went down from Etna Summit two days before--but I was surprised that Hasty hadn't caught up with her yet. In fact, he hadn't even passed me yet, and I just took a day and a half off the trail. How far back was he anyhow?
At the end of the day, I camped a short ways off on a side trail. The official PCT went through a thick pack of trees on the side of a slope and I was concerned bugs could be bad and wanted a more exposed place to camp. I followed the Kidder Lake Trail--which used to be the official PCT until a reroute moved it on its current path--up to an exposed ridge where I set up camp overlooking a large lake. There were a few bugs around, but the breeze kept the worst of them at bay. And watching the sunset from the top was awesome! Much better than camping among the trees.
|Another day, another mountain range...|
|The Marble Mountain Wilderness is amazing! |
Even if the light is bad in this photo...
|I decided to set up camp right next to this tree.|
|Sunset from camp! =)|
|I found this little fellow trying to crawl|
into bed with me! =)