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Begins: Jun 15, 2009
Date: Wed, Aug 26th, 2009
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Sunrise with hoar frost
Today I took a "zero" day. I picked up my resupply package, gought more food to compensate for the previously mentioned inadequacies in meal planning, got my JMT permit, and ended up going on a hike w/ my neighbor up to Lembert's Dome. I took quite a few photos and had a german woman take a photo of me after she shanghai'd me for a photo of herself.
From Lembert's Dome you can see Glen Aulin, the Cathedral Range, Dana Peak, all of Tuolumne and much more. I sighed with contentment - this is what I dreamed of. I was surprised at how easily I climbed 800 feet, talking the whole way and not feeling any burn. It's almost like I've hiked 250 miles in the last month or something!
One cool benefit of getting a JMT permit over a PCT permit is that you automatically get to summit Mt. Whitney. In roughly 3 weeks I will be on top of the highest mountain in the lower 48! 14,500 ft.
I would not have had the opportunity to summit Whitney otherwise and am glad for it. Also, it looks like I might miss the opportunity to celebrate my birthday in Boone. This means belated celebration, but with good reason.
As I walked back to my campsite 20 minutes ago I felt contentment. How good it is. To be. Right here, right now. How thankful I am to be alive!
Tomorrow I plan on leaving by 9 and hope to make it to Donahue Pass, either just before or after. Probably right before, because 11,000 ft is a bit of a climb from my current elevation of 8580. We'll see - fun over miles, right?
This is quickyl becoming my mantra for life. Whatever it is you are doing - don't do it to get it done, do it to enjoy it! Live the life you love, love the life you live. If you don't, why bother?
I feel like a balloon. Each day, each week I continue on this trip I become more full, but not of air, of LIFE. Gigger and bigger & yet so much more room to expand, so much more life to live.
THIS is what IT is all about. (right Doug?)
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