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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 31st, 2008
Start: South Rosary Lake
End: Mink Lake Loop Trail
Daily Distance: 31.1
Trip Distance: 1,744.1
Entry Lat: 43.91329
Entry Lng: -121.916099

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Mosquito Hell

It was a long, fairly boring day today. My motivation is really low right now. The combination of constant mosquitoes and miles of deep woods without many views is depressing (and I’m homesick…I miss Bb).

The sun was already up when I started hiking this morning. Alameda Frank was long gone before I emerged from my tent. I passed two tents further up Rosary Lakes but nobody was stirring yet. There was a brief climb past the lakes, then the start of long forested traverses. Many of the trails in this area are marked for cross country skiing….seems like a great area for skiing (and I’ll bet there are no mosquitoes here in winter).

After seeming endless green forests this morning, I arrived at the shores of Charlton Lake, another large, shallow Oregon Cascades lake. There was an inviting peninsula jutting out of the trees. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lack of mosquitoes and settled in for a long lunch break. There was a fairly bold golden mantle ground squirrel scampering about. I tossed it an almond from my trail mix…probably a mistake. It scurried off with the prize and was soon back looking for more. It would have rifled through my pockets if I didn’t keep a vigilant watch.

After the oppressive green tunnel of forest and heavy bugs, it was really pleasant sitting there by the lake in the sun. I was tempted to go for a swim, then set up camp right there. However, it was still early in the day and I wanted to get 30 miles in. After an hour, I shouldered my pack and trudged back into the woods.

Shortly after Charlton Lake, the PCT entered a large burned area. Even though the sun was blazing down on this crystal clear day, I relished an hour of hiking without mosquitoes. I got a good cell signal and chatted with Bb while I hiked through the stands of burned trees. Hearing Bb’s voice cheered me up a bit.

Back in the trees, there were a few more shallow lakes along the trail. I would have liked a quick swim, but I didn’t want to expose that much skin to the mosquitoes. At about 7PM, I stopped at a small lake near the Mink Lake trail junction. I had just put water on the stove to make dinner when Frank and a new face hiked by on the trail. The new face was Crow, a PCT veteran. They were determined to hike into the night to get closer to Elk Lake Resort and a tasty breakfast.

I’m also looking forward to a good meal (and a resupply box) at Elk Lake tomorrow.

Martin "Lei Low“

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Tales From The Crest

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:


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