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Jason "Space Cowboy" Bobier
City: San Francisco
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 15, 2007
Date: Tue, Jun 26th, 2007
Start: Lake Marjorie
End: Intersection of Palisades Creek and Middle Fork Kings River
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 860.6
Entry Visits: 738
Journal Visits: 84,086
Guestbook Views: 7,286
Guestbook Entrys: 143
Jason has fallen in love with marmots. I'm out. They're in. :-) I couldn't get him away from one he named Fido who was camping with us the entire morning waiting for us to drop some scraps.
We went over Mather Pass today. I have to admit my normal feeling of anticipation as we reached the top was quickly replaced by disappointment. The view from the pass showed a couple of lakes in an otherwise barren landscape. It wasn't until we passed to Lower Palisade Lake that I began to be absolutely stunned with beauty. We turned a corner to begin the descent into the valley and walked pass a series of waterfalls and chutes and nicely painted (from waterfall) "zebra" rocks. We took the "golden staircase" down, which was the last of the John Muir Trail (JMT) to be completed. It's a series of stairs literally carved in the granite rock.
We followed Palisades Creek down through the valley and set up camp under some big pine trees just after dark by the convergence of two rivers -- it and Middle Fork Kings River.
I made a friend this morning. As I ate breakfast and packed up, I kept chatting with a marmot that was finding breakfast around our camp. It wasn't long before he disappeared into a set of bushes near our tent and when I went over to see where he had gone, I found myself an arms length away. He quickly shuffled off and then stopped to check me out. I kept chatting with him and he eventually decided that I was ok and came back to eat whatever it was that he was eating. It looked like the roots of a plant with an occasion bite of leaf.
Anyway, I had a great conversation with him and named him Fido. He didn't say much back, but the level of trust was incredible. I could have easily reached down and touched him. I didn't for fear of being nipped, but the desire was there.
Following Palisades Creek down the golden staircase was amazing. It was so steep. I'm glad we were going down.
When it finally leveled out, we came across a burn. The burns here are very different from the desert burns tho. It was fairly recent, but already the understory was filled with willow brush and other growth. It wasn't as pleasant as walking through the forest, but was still pretty enough.
Our camera ran out of memory today too, so we had to figure out what could be deleted. Luckily, there was an old movie on it that we didn't want. Still, I had to set it down to a very low resolution so that we could get another hundred or so pictures on. The dumb thing about all of this is that I have another memory card in our bounce bucket that I didn't bother to bring. Grrr...
Pacific Crest Trail 2007
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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