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Patricia "Fox Feathers" Tyrcha
City: Bellingham
State: Wa
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 15, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 30th, 2011
End: 864, Sallie Keys Lakes
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 734.5

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cool ice (told you it was cold)

Setting Up for Seldon Pass

The crossing of Evolution Creek was rather anti-climatic. We crossed in the meadow, as the sign says to do in high snow years, and I went through first It was really COLD, and it was deep enough to warrant the gasp of shock when freezing water hit above the crotch, but it was a much calmer crossing than we expected the find. Towards the far side, the current was strongest and deepest.

A bit later, we saw where the trail ACTUALLY crosses the creek I liked our spot much better!!

I decided I like the San Joaquin River very much; it had three lovely bridges. And the trail dropped down below 8,000 feet into more aspens, fully leafed out! And green trees and chirping birds and weeds and grass and it was just like summer- in the summer!!!!! How easy it is to forget not only what day of the week it is but also that its technically the summer season Hard to tell this year at altitude C; How I longed to linger.

About a half mile after crossing into the John Muir Wilderness, there is a cabin built by the US Forest Service to honor the man I was leading and I left my poles at the trail, then went to explore the structure, 30 yards away Pretty run down and a HUGE tree had fallen years ago to barely miss it.

Kaye and Grenade showed up but Gnarly never did! Had he missed the poles AND the cabin? Or was he farther behind us than we realized? We waited, called his name, and then decided he must have missed us, so we hiked on I tried to haul ass and catch him but at 1230, I was hungry and thirsty so I stopped for water and to wait for Kaye and Grenade

After lunch, the tree of us continued to climb towards Seldon Pass, still unsure of Gnarly's whereabouts, but kind of thinking he would have caught up to us were he behind us. He must be ahead and just as confused as we were, perhaps more. About an hour up the trail, during our 3,000 foot climb, some of it pretty steep, Grenade found a note, addressed to us from our lost fourth... He would continue to the planned camping since he didn't know where we went. OOPS!

I was "first" to Segner Creek and what did I find there? Gnarly waiting. C:

Seldon Pass is called "the easiest pass." And today we set ourselves up to get it done early tomorrow, with only about a mile and a half left! Now that was exciting... We took a chance to get this far since we weren't sure how much snow was up here. Just a couple miles back was absolutely perfect and plentiful camping with no snow and very flat, very abundant space... But we made it to Sallie Keys Lakes quicker than we expected and found just enough space for our tents (after cutting some snow up with our ice axes and moving it!) on adequately flattish, mostly dry land...

As we ate dinner in our circular fashion, I looked up to the rocks behind the others and noticed we had a visitor. In fact WE were the visitors and we were apparently too rude to invite the locals to dine! A marmot called to us and eyed our yummy people food closely... These marmots are mainly fearless and curious about us... it's a welcome aspect to the hike!

Tonight my eyes just want to be closed and I can fight it no more.................

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