PCT miles 704.66 to 719.18
Piyush and I awoke around 5:30 and started making breakfast: coffee, pancakes and chickpea/cilantro patties. He is spoiling me with all this food. He even taught me how to open those small cups of creamer without spraying it everywhere!
He started his long drive home and I hit the trail. I am really enjoying hiking this section of the trail – it is a gradual uphill next to streams through a pretty valley.
In the sandy areas just off the trail I found a cluster of ant lions. These insects create steep sided pits and wait at the base with pincers ready to grab any unfortunate ant that slips in.
I was informed by Tom(?) At the Kennedy Meadows Market that the trail north of is an excellent place to find arrowheads and other Native American artifacts. It was not long before I saw these morteros with pestols
The Kern is flowing very strong and luckily I did not have to ford it thanks to the bridge!
And then I crested the Pass and was overwhelmed by the view– I could see a beautiful Sierra meadow (Clover Meadow) and Cirque Peak (left) and Mt. Langley (right)! I was a more than a bit overwhelmed with emotions at the sight since my PCT end point is at Chicken Spring Lake near Cirque Peak. I hiked along side and above the meadow, thankfully, since it was quite marshy down there.
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