Day 164: Miles Of Mokelumne

Date: September 25, 2017
Miles: 1044.2 – 1069.7

“God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” ~ John Muir

I slept in until 7 this morning, which is a rarity on trail. It was freezing cold, but better than yesterday. I felt pretty sluggish all morning and since I left camp later than the boys did, I didn’t catch up with JD and Fluff for lunch. At least I thought I hadn’t. It turns out that I passed them when they stopped to eat…before they could put a sign out for me I walked right past them. I had a quick lunch – just enough time to eat and dry out gear – and then my coffee kicked in and I cruised the rest of the afternoon. I felt really good.¬†Yesterday’s blahs were thankfully gone.

My lunch spot.

I had never heard of the Mokelumne Wilderness before today, but I spent most of the day in it, admiring the jagged, colorful granite bedrock, the pine and fir trees and the scrub brush that contrasted starkly from the previous section of the Sierra.

I realized at the end of the day that I was ahead of the boys, so I asked a couple Sobos, Charlemagne and Maple, to let them know that I was camping at Lost Lake, and I headed down the windy hill to camp. They showed up about 20 minutes later and we ate dinner under the stars and went to bed.