Day 49 – enter the high Sierra

June 11th
Miles: 721.8 to 738.3

There was a bird that got lost in the dark and cried for five hours last night.  At first I felt bad but then after I could not sleep I was hoping some predator would find it and end the cries.

Great hike today, in spite of the weight.

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Hiked to 10,500 ft today from 9,000 and then back down to Death Canyon creek where we are all doing siesta/lunch.

The water was a bit funky but worked out. A small sprinkle came by and reminded everyone that we should now be keeping our rain gear handy.

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Went on further and Waffles needed water because he had difficulty at the last one scooping it up.  We stopped at a junction and went to get water from a spring in a meadow,  which was a problem because cows use the meadow — extensively. We found some that was passable but kept it separately for boiling for dinner and, the now nightly, hot chocolate we all make each night.

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Passed a great view of Owens valley, was pretty amazing. Also went through some crazy rock formations.

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Got into camp early and trying to sleep.  Expect the others will show soon, Bugs, Waffles and I seem to be the early crowd. Early to wake (bugs) and early to sleep (both).

Tomorrow we siesta at Chicken spring lake, the first alpine lake on the PCT where I can use my pole and catch some trout.

I am excited about fishing.

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