At the Echo lake parking lot I see shattered glass and food packaging strewn about the pavement, along with several cars whose driver side window has been smashed. Clearly the workings of a bear. This is where I’m leaving my car for 9 days. I pluck out every last crumb from my Subaru and hope for the best as I start walking down the trail. This section of the TRT is also the PCT, making today my third time walking through. I piece together memories and try to match them with exact locations as I pass by. I’m not quite done with this game of match by the time I reach the junction to leave the PCT. Time to make new memories. The second I step off the PCT the mosquitos come out. Lovely. Finally, with aching feet I reach Big Meadow trailhead where I plan to camp. I rush to do all the camp chores and crawl into my sleeping bag just after dark.
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