HIKING THROUGH TALL GRASS
PCT DAY 32: Mile 577.5 – Mile 599
Sunday May 15, 2016: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Last night we camped at an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet. It was cold and the wind showed no signs of letting up. So it was back to wearing a down jacket in the morning. We broke camp fairly quickly and were keen to get moving to get warm. At first the trail followed a deeply rutted dirt road and soon deviated to follow a mountain side. Here we got our first glimpse of the Sierra mountains in the distance. So unbelievable that we are so close.
It was a lovely morning hiking towards a spring to refill on water. Flower carpeted slopes sparkled in the morning sunshine. And the presence of wind turbines was a reminder that we have not left the wind behind. Sure enough we were blasted by a few gusts to remind us of yesterday.
The wind was cool to cold and stayed with us for the afternoon. Every now and then we would walk through a pine forest stand where the warmth of the sun was trapped. This released that delicious warm berry aroma of pine forest. The smell reminded me of warm berry pie coming straight out of the oven, served with icecream – heavenly.
The wind was getting colder as the afternoon progressed. We were hiking through an easement over private property. Here the trail was flanked by tall grass which made it difficult to see your footing. Not very comforting considering that earlier Hammer nearly trod on a snake. The trail seemed to never exit this tall grass. We planned to stop around 5pm but found nothing suitable so pushed on despite protest from my feet and legs. Feet were feeling battered and bruised and legs empty, nothing left for the uphills. Hammer forged ahead hoping to find a suitable spot. We went on for another hour and a half and found a spot protected from the wind – pretty perfect.