Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mom & Amy Backpacking Day 4- Pamelia Lake to PCT Meadow

Mom- We woke up Thursday morning enjoying our beautiful Pamelia Lake camp and knowing we had a big climb ahead of us.  Our backs had now adjusted and we felt up for this challenge but hoped it did not include quite so much brush, down trees, and devils club.
Mom- The water around our campsite was so lovely.  We took time to write gratitudes, read a prayer card, and wrote this breath prayer- "Faithful Spirit, walk with us, and keep us mindful."  We said this prayer at every switchback and had some excellent conversation regarding what faithfulness and mindfulness looks like.
Amy- Our camp had a small waterfall over the log.
Mom- We started our day with another ankle deep stream crossing and a lost trail.  We realized our toilet paper and hand sanitizer was missing and had a hiking pole go missing while looking for the trail.
Mom- We discussed how being afraid and anxious can sometimes cause me to become short with others.  We agreed to be kind to each other and let each other know if we are feeling anxious or afraid.  Amy was a huge help today.  She was the leader on the whole hike and time keeper.  She was able to "downshift" into second gear on flatter sections to cover more distance.
Mom- We saw three little frogs and this guy.
Amy- We stopped to have lunch of salmon pesto. Flies were bothering us. So when we were done with the salmon mom set the salmon wrapper away from us there were about 50 flies on the wrapper. I accidentally dropped some noodles mom set those away from us too! There were 2 noodles each one had about 20 flies.
Amy- Selfie with Mt. Jefferson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy- Continuing the climb we saw a beautiful lake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mom- After hiking the four miles uphill, we discovered that the section of trail to Marion Lake was closed due to wildfire damage.  I was frustrated that the ranger who I had shared my plans with had not let me know this and was concerned that this would add 5 miles to our trip including a 1.6 mile trip East back to the PCT.  We had already climbed four miles and were pretty tired.  We asked some other hikers about camping options on the PCT and they suggested a side trail to some lakes.
Mom- We left most of our gear on top of the hill and hiked 1.5 miles down to a beautiful meadow with lakes to filter water.  We made it back up the hill around 6pm.  We cooked a little dinner and then continued very slowly on the PCT.
Mom- We were both quite tired but continued as far as we could and tried to enjoy the ridge top view of Three Fingered Jack.

Mom- We saw the Three Sisters in the distance.
Mom- We made it two miles? south on the PCT and camped in an open meadow making it an 11 mile day which included a four mile climb and another 1.5 mile climb getting water.  We were both very tired.

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