Location- Next to stream
Distance Traveled Today- 16 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 922.6 miles
Weather/Temp- clear 70s-80s
Pain level- low
Days without shower- 2
Today ended up being a somewhat leisurely day for me. I slept in, hiked the side trail into Red’s Meadow, ate a big breakfast at a little campground cafe, then got back to the trail.
I decided to take a junction of the JMT instead of the PCT. It was the same distance as the PCT, but advertised as more challenging, and more beautiful. I felt good, so I went for it. As a result, my guide didn’t have any details on the side trail, so I’m not 100% sure how far I went today, or my total distance in regards to the PCT. So, I won’t know exact distances until I reconnect with it tomorrow.
I met some other hikers that I knew from earlier on, and spent most of the day hiking with them; Jellybean, Big Mike, and SPF Pete.
I fished, walked, rested, and admired the pretty wilderness. I ended up catching a decent sized trout, which I packed out until we made camp. I made my first fire of the trail, roasted the trout, and shared it with my trail friends. I really wish I would have taken a picture of them or the trout, but 90% of the time, pictures are the last thing on my mind. When I’m in the moment, the last thing I’m thinking about is my future regrets over the things I don’t take pictures of. It’s always after the fact that it hits me… “Damn, I wish I’d taken a picture to remember that seemingly mundane moment, that now doesn’t seem so mundane…”
Today was a slow day, tomorrow it’s back to crushing mountains…