Day 108 - 7/15/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 18, 2018
Mile 1073.21 to 1053.21 for 20 miles with an elevation increase of 4112 and decrease of 3957. Total PCT miles 1407.95.Hiking at 6:30 and into camp by Eagle Creek by 5:30, (elevation 8474). We had a very warm night with 15 minutes of light rain around 4:30am. Once again our day began and ended with elevation increases. It is hard when we have big elevation gains at the end of the day after already hiking a lot of miles.
Ran into a NOBO bubble of at least 20 at the outlet for Tamarack Lake, a prime water source. There was a lot of macho attitudes; always disheartening for us. Jerry was quite social today chatting it up with numerous hikers. Water sources were limited the first half of the day, then quite plentiful. We passed many stagnant, boggy ponds, had some great views and Interesting rock formations. My knee was worse today. Funny thing at lunch - I forgot I had put two days lunch in one baggie and ate both days lunch treats. About an hour later realized what I had done! Crossed numerous dirt roads again. I do not understand how wilderness boundaries are determined in CA. One hiker we met early in the day was hiking toward us with two big white things in her hands. She explained they were giant Sierra puffballs. Edible mushrooms that are the size of volleyballs, only they have a few lobes. She described finding them as “the best day of my life”. She said in Canada they have puffballs so large they are mistaken for sheep!