Day 61

Sept 15
Miles:  18.2
PCT:  2476.1 – 2494.3
Total Miles:  766.2
Elevation gain:  4792

It was a beautiful day today with great views, clear skies but cool.  lots of elevation gain that was very tough.  My feet were better after the rest but I should have iced them more during my break.  I always seem to be too busy during my zero days and don’t get around to icing my feet and knee.  I’m sure that if I would take the time, I would have less pain in my feet.

I left at 10 am with hard climbing so I only got 18 miles even though I walked fast.  I kept a fast pace which fried my legs.  I camped at a lake with other hikers, which means I won’t be able to get up early.  There were no more campsites but I found a crappy spot to park and it worked fine.

This was one of the many great views of the day…

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Lots of open field, which is different than what I’ve been used to since Oregon.

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I see a lot of these birds.  I think they are grouse but I don’t know for sure.  They are very brave and will only move down the trail as you walk, rather than fly away.  After a while, they must get tired as they finally take off flying.  This one came right up to me as I was taking it’s picture.  I was wondering if it was going to attack me until I moved and it took off.  If I was really hungry, these would be plentiful and easy to catch.

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Some of these shots actually have cool mountain ranges in the background but they don’t show up well in the picture.  I sometimes take a zoom shot to capture the distant mountains.  But it’s sooooo much better to see them in person.

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Bill (Blackhawk Down)

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