Since we had our resupply we were weighted down with packs full of food and we had to hike 1,400 ft up and out of Red's Meadow. Way to start the day. We walked through a forest that clearly had caught on fire at some point, it looked very sad. We are now reconnected with the Pacific Crest Trail and saw many PCT hikers throughout the day. John helped a lot of them figure out where they were going with his maps.
burned out section
Today we moved from Ansel Adams Wilderness to the John Muir Wilderness. The weather was nice; sunny, warmish and breezy. Perfect for hiking. We went up a lot ascents, down a few descents and through lots of rolling terrain. I was very tired of the ascents and was about to lose it at some points but kept it together. Oh John, he sure did choose a diva to join him on the trail.
The trail starting to get a little sandier
look at all of those trees
John on the trail
lots of rocks along the way
more beautiful mountains and trees
We are currently camping at Purple Lake and it is very cold. We hiked 13.8 miles today, yippee! I do feel like I'm getting stronger although I'm still getting pretty winded on some of those ascents.
What hurts: my feet, more blisters are showing up and my shoulders. John's feet are feeling better.
our campsite at Purple Lake
Total JMT miles: 73