Got out on the trail by 6:45 this morning. The trail was not very interesting this morning, but the highlight was meeting TRT hikers we had seen on the other side of the lake. We spent a good bit of time talking with them and heard about some other trails from one of the hikers, Marmot.
We also ran into some trail angels from Ebbetts Pass when Beardoh hiked the PCT in 2012. They recognized him and remembered his trail name. We talked with them for quite a bit. One completed the PCT last year and it sounds like they are picking off additional chunks this summer. All the conversation put us a bit behind schedule for the day, but we didn’t mind since we enjoyed the company.
This afternoon we finally met two TRT hikers going in the same direction as us. We seem to have been following them for awhile. We started passing by several alpine lakes this afternoon. We even stopped and soaked our feet for awhile in one of the beautiful lakes.
Later in the afternoon, we had a big climb up to the top of Dick’s Pass. We both put on our iPods to give us some extra spring in our steps on the way up. The views from the top were beautiful with mountains all around and small lakes down below. We even saw marmots for the first time on this trip at the top of the pass.
Sweetpea wanted to get in a few more miles today to make for a shorter day tomorrow, so we skipped the first camping option and went almost two miles further to Susie’s Lake. It is a very picturesque setting and at the time there is a breeze to keep away the mosquitoes. It would be nice to come for a couple days and camp by one of the lakes in this area….just to relax and rest and meditate. Sweetpea’s hammock is set up right on the shore and Beardoh’s hammock is set up closer to the trail.
After about 21 miles and lots of small breaks for quick chats, we got to camp around 7:10. After eating dinner, cleaning ourselves, setting up our hammocks and generally getting ourselves organized, we didn’t even get to bed until 8:45…a late night on the trail. Last night Sweetpea was asleep before it even got dark! We can hear some thunder in distance and have seen a few lightening glows, but no rain yet. We have our tarps up just in case.
Daily Miles: 20.5 miles
Total Miles: 162.6 miles