The rain never came. Due to only hiking 9 miles, I couldn’t fall asleep last night. Despite my late night, I wake easily in the morning, rush to pack up amidst mosquitos attacking and hit the trail by 6:40. It’s an average day and I follow my same routine of coffee, music, lunch, audiobook. This brings me all the way through a logging area at which point the heat of the day finds me predictably wiped out. I’m ahead of schedule though, and a few texts from friends cheer me up. Though I’d planned to camp at Watson Lake, when I get there it’s too early in the day. I collect a few liters of water and keep going. I find a cozy spot high in the woods 5 miles later. Five miles closer to Tahoe City, to the PCT junction and to the Desolation Wilderness, which promises not to disappoint.
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