Beautiful night last night. The moon was close or near full and show brightly over the mountains in the other side of the Tahoe Basin Rim…the woods was lit up nicely and it was a nice sight to fall asleep to and wake up to in the middle of the night.
We had a relaxed morning today, since we knew we didn’t have many miles to hike today. The sun was out early and we continued on exposed trail for most of the day. The morning was mostly downhill to a big road and then we started the typical uphill climb after the road. We were surprised that even though we were back in a forested section, there was little shade to be had.
Met another TRT they hiker today. A guy from Carson city named David. This was his fourth time hiking the TRT. He was the first ultralight hiker (as far as we could tell by he pack and size) that we have met on the trail. We spoke with him for a good bit.
There was only one water source today. We started the day with water we had carried from the spring the afternoon before. When we got to the water source this afternoon, we loaded up with water to get us through the rest of today and into Tahoe City tomorrow, as there is no more water on the trail before Tahoe City.
We hiked 19 miles today and are dry camping again tonight. Our campsite is quite picturesque in the pine trees and low green shrubs. We are right off the trail and quite close to a road (we didn’t realize this when we chose this spot). We got to camp around 5:30 and had a pretty relaxing evening. We both put up only our hammocks and the sat in them like chairs for awhile. It felt good to be off our feet and in a shady spot. I even got some music going on my iPod and we had a few songs by request which was a nice change. We are in our hammocks later than yesterday (after 8:00) and the mosquitoes are buzzing loudly outside our bug nets.
We’re excited to get into Tahoe City tomorrow and stay in a hotel. It will feel good to take a shower and wash clothes. We’ve already made a list of things to do in town, but hopefully it won’t feel busy.
Daily Miles: 19 miles
Total Miles: 114 miles