Sept 20 – Desolation Wilderness Day 2

Sept 20 – Desolation Wilderness Day 2

Gilmore Lake to Dick’s Lake: 4.5 miles

We crawl into the tent at 7:30. It’s almost dark. My new hiking quilt feels wonderful. It’s 6 inches longer and 4 inches wider that the other one. And it’s rated for 20 degrees! The other is rated for 30 degrees, but at 30 degrees it still required my wool base layer to be warm. When near 20 degrees I had to wear that base layer, my hiking pants, my hiking long sleeve shirt under the base layer and my down jacket. Being warm to the bone was still questionable.

Sherman on sentry duty while I pack us up to start the day. The green bags are the Odor-Proof bags that go inside the white Ursak Bear Bags.

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Sept 19: Desolation Wilderness Day 1

Sept 19: Desolation Wilderness Day 1

Echo Lake to Gilmore Lake: 11 miles

(NOTE: There was no stable cell signal during the hike, so nothing I wrote got posted. Now that we’re done, I’ll post as I can in chronological order.)

I’m going to include both of these maps each day. The topographical map shows the geography, path the trail takes and the relationship of places. The elevation map gives you a sense of how much energy it takes to get from one place to another.

Get up at 6:30. The rain has ended. The sky is clear. I check out at 7. We get to Echo Lake at 8. When we are within a few miles of the lake, on small roads lined with cottages, Sherman gets excited. Tail wagging. Looking out the front window. Does he remember driving in here last year? We’re headed to the same trailhead parking…

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Sept 18: Change of Plans

Sept 18: Change of Plans

We left Ojai at 4:30am with the intent to drive to the Echo Lake Trailhead and hike about 4 miles into the Desolation Wilderness. The weather forecast was for intermittent drizzle in the area ending around 1pm. When we drove through Sacramento this was the weather. But, at 2pm, as I drove up the mountains that surround Tahoe, the rain got heavier and heavier. As I approached the turnoff to Echo Lake it was pouring. I saw a sign for a Best Western, which I know takes pets, drove in to see about a room. The woman at the counter said it had been raining all day. She said her young daughter had asked at breakfast, “Where are my rain boots?” “Rain boots? It partly sunny…” “Well mom, the weather I just heard is that it’s going to rain pretty hard today.”

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Tahoe Rim Trail Redux

Tahoe Rim Trail Redux

PHOTO: Testing out the tent in Libbey Park. Haven’t used this tent in 5 years. Needed to be sure I remembered how to set it up and that I had all the parts. Success on both.

Sherman and I are heading back to The Tahoe Rim Trail on Wednesday the 18th, picking up the section we didn’t complete because I rolled by ankle.

The ankle and knee are now fine after some wonderful physical therapy support with Joanna at Swanner Physical Therapy.

We’re starting at Echo Lake and going through the Desolation Wilderness up to Tahoe City. It’s 50-60 miles depending on how many mountain lakes we hike down to to camp. It’ll take us 6-7 days.

I’ll be writing and photoing as we go. If I have strong enough cell signal along the way I’ll do some posting from the trail.

If no signal, I’ll do the posting from Tahoe City the night we stay over before driving home.

I’ll be carrying my inReach SE which sends a GPS ping to the map you can find on www.wynmatthews.com. Click the Map link in the Menu. The device also allows me to communitace with Search and Rescue if needed.

Sherman and I didn’t do as much preparation hiking as in past years. I think we’re ready. But we won’t find out until we actually hit the trail and it’s 7500-10,000 ft elevation.

We plan on being back by the 27th if all goes according to plan.

Enjoy! We will…

Much love,

Wyn and Sherman

0923: Day 12

0923: Day 12

September 23: Zero Miles

The featured image is a pastel in the room where we’re staying. Love it!

The ankle…

It’s about the same as last night. Slightly injured. Full mobility in terms of walking and squatting. But strained in terms of rolling outward.

So… we’re done.

It’s been an interesting process over the last 24 hours. The conflicting desires to finish the hike and to honor the fact of the injury.

Being true to what is… the rolled ankle… (more…)