Wednesday, September 24, 2008

John Muir Trail - Day 7, California, U.S.A. (August 31, 2008)

Day 7: Rosemarie Meadow to Aspen Meadows (approximately 14.8 miles)
The beautiful scenery around Marie Lake almost makes one forget about the upcoming Selden Pass
Here I am in front of Marie Lake
JMT hikers can only carry so much food (due to weight and the fact that all food must fit into a bear-proof can), so they mail themselves additional food to certain points along the trail. Here at the Muir Ranch resupply station, buckets of backpackers' leftover food are free for the taking. Powerbars galore!
Notice that all of the buckets in the previous photo are orange or white paint buckets. Now notice one of our own resupply buckets, in a fetching green color representing the fact that it's a pickle bucket, not a paint bucket. Most of our food for the second half of our trip tasted and/or smelled like pickles!
Here we are with newly heavy packs, thanks to our full bear cans
Piute Creek, perfect for an afternoon swim, marks the boundary between the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park
Drat. Now what the heck are we going to do with the knife-juggling, unicycle-riding monkey that we picked up on Day 2?!?

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