Was pretty cold last night. We were camped pretty close to a stream and I think the damp, cold air could have been lessened if I had set up my tent/tarp.
Climbed up Selden Pass in the early part if the morning. Great views as always from the pass. It is great to see the mountain lakes up above 10000 feet. Coming down the pass the mosquitos were quite aggressive and I had my headnet on for the first time while walking on this trip.
We met several folks walking the John Muir Trail, and a few PCT hikers as well (new to us hikers that we have caught up to).
Had a steep climb before coming to Lake Edison, home of Vermilion Valley Resort (VVR). On getting to the lake, we went swimming in the cold cold water… Super exhilarating, felt quite good after the initial shock.
VVR sends a pontoon over twice a day to pick up hikers on the opposite side of the lake that want to stay or resupply. We have come to get a hot meal and resupply in their convenience store. Since I don’t have the meals that Sweetpea normally has prepped for me for this section, I picked up some chicken packets, POP tarts, cookies, Snickers and dried fruit….pretty typical hiker fare for those who resupply along the way.
For dinner, I had tri tip and for dessert, the four of us split a pie in honor of JJs birthday.
We are just tenting outside at the resort rather than getting a room. Pretty much all the hikers are doing the same.
There was some excitement tonight when two helicopters landed, dropping off a PCT hiker. He and his wife had gotten separated out on the trail and each thought they were in front of the other. She alerted the forest service and they sent out search and rescue thinking that he may have gotten off the trail lost or got injured away from the trail. At least it ended well. Third time we have seen search and rescue choppers on the trail.
Happy Anniversary SweetPea!
Daily Distance: 17
Trip Distance: 818.4