04 Sep Day 136 – Hail Storm
At mile 878.7. Hiked 21 PCT miles plus 1.5 miles back to PCT from Muir Trail Ranch (MTR) plus 1.5 miles from PCT to Edison Boat Ferry to Vermillon Valley Ranch (VVR).
Here is just a few people tenting at MTR AS I left at 6:20 am.
One of several lakes leading up to Selden Pass.
Another lake. I met a large group from South Korea here. One of them had hiked the SO CAL portion of the PCT last year.
Another view of the same lake.
The first lake north of Selden Pass was Marie Lake.
Another view of Marie Lake. Notice the tiny clouds and how they build across the photos.
Here is the rock I swam from in Marie Lake at 10 am.
My shoes and poles where they were while I swam in Marie Lake.
Another view from Marie Lake.
The trail and Marie Lake.
Onward. Further down the trail.
Another view before I stopped for lunch.
I ate a leisurely lunch alongside a stream. When I finished I checked my app for distances and saw that the turn off to VVR was 9.8 miles away plus another 1.5 miles on the ferry trail. It was 12:45. The ferry leaves at 4:45. Four hours. I could make it if I averaged my 3 mph. If not, no problem. I didn’t need a resupply and I would be that much closer to my next stop. I would only go for the hot meal and to see what VVR was like.
As I started climbing Bear Ridge, rain started which then turned to rain and hail. This spurts me to hike faster up the switchbacks. Before I reached the high point, I became wet and the temperature dropped. Soon there were little rivers of water running down the trail. I topped out and began a long steep descent on washed out trail. I was getting cold and only wished to find a flat spot where I could set up my tent and crawl into my sleeping bag. After some trouble digging under the tubeless wrapped around my waist, I managed to fish an energy Pro Meal bar out of my back pocket. I wolfed down the whole bar and began to feel warmer. To warm up bare hands, I walked with hands in my pockets, poles under my arm. This meant no poles on the rocky washed out descent. First one knee became sore, then both. I switched to using poles in a single hand and other hand in a pocket. I finally reached the junction to Edison Feery. I actually ran some of the better parts of that trail. The Edison trail was in horrible shape. I reached the lake, but no ferry. I climbed a Rick outcropping and spied the ferry moored about a quarter mile down shore. It was loaded with hikers. No trail so I climbed over Rick and splashed through the lake my tyvek skirt blowing in the wind. Some entertainment for those in the boat. I was the last person to board and we were soon off to VVR where the first thing I did was to eat a rib plate at the restaurant. Still hungry, I then raised the hiker box and found a couple of bars and a box of chocolates. I ate the chocolates first. Later I bought a quart of chocolate milk and drank it dry Now back at my tent I am eating dried apples from MTR (Muir Trail Ranch). I’m in my sleeping bag now and I am still hungry. It is like I didn’t eat. I thought about ordering a 2nd plate of ribs, but they were out of them. Oh, they were so good! With mashed potatoes and wonderful gravy. There was cauliflower that you couldn’t taste because it was draped in thick cheese. I’m already thinking about breakfast at the restaurant.