July 5: back to the trail! Getting a ride back to the trailhead involved taking the bus to the local outfitter and hanging around, trying to look both desperate and harmless. It must have worked- I got a ride with about 7 other people/ squashed into a gigantic suburban with our packs strapped to the roof.
So many people are able to employ the method of drink first, then hike. I cannot do that! So when the other 7 from the carload sat down at a picnic table at Echo Lake and got a case of beer (it looked like they'd be there for the entire afternoon!) I headed out solo. Fortunately, Sneezl, Fritz, and Two Tone ditched the beer plan as well and the 4 of us played leapfrog for the rest of the day,
The terrain coming into Lake Tahoe hsd been stunning. The terrain now- just as stunning! Lots of trash carelessly strewn about, though. And lots of bear scat around. On the way up to the trail, in the SUV, I had heard the story of how a bear had chewed on Sneezl and Fritz's URsack of food. Couldn't get into the bag, but drooled all over it. And the week before, a southbounder told me how a bear rolled her bear cannister down a hill and then pooped on it. Tonite, my bear proof bag was hung in a tree!
Peace, love, and trail magic! And singing marmots.