|Jeff Creek to un-named lake|
|Solorina crocea found at about 4,000 feet in elevation|
this lichen is new to me and might even be a little bit rare
Page 313 in Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest
|Looking back at Russell Creek after I crossed it|
|Wild flowers at Jefferson Park just before I met Bookworm|
|Near and just over the high point|
|Admiring my blister during my break, it had already gone down some.|
I treated it with mole foam with a hole cut in the center
Then Eric, the section hiker who had camped with us at Jeff Creek came up the trail. He said that he had seen Aimless ½ mile past Russell Creek and he stopped her to tell her that he had found her trekking pole in Russell creek, so she was going to back track to get her pole. I thought it was very odd that Aimless would have lost her pole in the creek and not known it. The entire story seemed quite odd so I pressed Eric with more questions but he was tired and in a hurry so I never was totally satisfied with the answer.
I was glad to know that Aimless had made it across the creek safely but I knew she was going to be running really late with having to backtrack. I was looking forward to hearing from her and learning what had actually happened to her pole.
|Saw Pikachu on the way to the lake|
|Pikachu lives here|
Thru-hikers passed me by all day long, they hike much faster than me and they were hiking extra fast today because they were all headed to Ollalie Lake for resupply and beer. Finally towards the end of my hiking day some of the thru-hikers that passed me said they had seen Aimless and she was way, way back behind them. It seemed odd to me that she would be that slow, but I was almost to the lake and I was eager to rest my feet so I carried on down the trail until I reached the lake.
|Marchantia polymorpha liverwort near Breitenbus Lake|
When I came out the the juntion of the PCT and the road to Breitenbush lake the way was unclear, but I did not care because I saw and outhouse. Toilet magic! Someone with trekking poles approached while I was on the throne, so I had to shut and lock the door real quick. When I was done I discovered another lost hiker. Together we found our way back to the trail. Soon I saw another hiker who was wearing crocks and carrying a half gallon of water in net in a bottle in his hand. He was almost as slow as I was.
At about 4pm I found the lake at at mile 2048 and then I found a campsite on the far shore and I took a quick dip in the lake so I could cool off. I was so tired that I did not know what to do first, pitch the tent, cook dinner, and change my clothes, filter water, so many choices. I opted to lay out my cellophane and sleeping pad and my sleeping bag and just sit. That is what I did; I just sat there until I had to pee. I even cooked dinner without getting up.
|To tired to pitch my tarp|
|I got cold in the night so I made hot chocolate without getting up|