|Peace Love Hike|
After falling asleep during the storm around 7 PM, I woke extra early. No one had to wait around for me today, well not to get started they didn't. Later... different story altogether. We encountered waterfalls and two river crossings via rock hopping. I met a friendly Marmot who came running up the path towards me at the first river crossing. As I did not quickly hand over any food the Marmot moved on and rock-hopped to the other side. Too cute.
We come to the second crossing and now I am getting slower. My knee is hurting with each uphill step. I urge Craig and Noni to go ahead. I don't want to slow them down. Let's just say that once we began the ascent of switchback up to Donahue Pass, I was stopping every few hundred feet. Noni was sending encouragement messages down with North-bound hikers. I kept plugging along.
It was a long, slow climb. Every time I looked up the trail seemed to get longer. Even got off course once because I was so focused on getting to the top. 11, 060 feet in elevation causes you to feel a little winded. I just climbed on, trying to ignore my knee. But guess what. I MADE IT!
I can do all things through Christ. I screamed this from the summit and other hikers (that I did not realize were there) began to applaud. I could not help but shed a few tears. Partly tears of joy and partly because I was wishing that my husband was here to share this with me. I took some time on the summit to snack, watch the Marmots, and attempt to get a call out. No such luck on the call. It was time to head down and I was feeling great. My knee was not hurting on the downhills and I had no problem keeping pace with Craig and Noni.
We moved on down towards Island pass. At our lunch spot I urged Craig & Noni to go ahead without me. I really felt like I was slowing them down and wanted to give them some time to themselves. Lunch was near water so I cleaned up a bit and soaked my knee in the cold liquid, took some pictures, and then moved on towards Island Pass. I did get a call to go through, finally. I was so wonderful to hear my husbands voice.
As I climbed Island Pass coming on 5 PM I figured i would stop at the next available spot. It happened to be a fairly popular area just over the pass at No Name Lakes. Camped with Craig & Noni who were already there rested and now swimming.
I was asleep shortly after dark. This area was really beautiful and it is a shame that the lakes are not even named. It would be in a few days that I would find out that most of the people I had met were camped in the same area that night and enjoying the same pink sunset. With all these miles of wilderness, it is still a small community.