near Juniper Lake
The Devil's Kitchen, very hot sulfurous bubling water and mud.
A little beetle near the campsite
Stink bug near the campsite
from Scott Mountain Summit to Etna with side trips to Boulder and Fox
Here we all are at the very start of the trip,
each with about 25 lbs. enough for 6 days and 5 nights.
About 10:00 am after running into two PCT hikers DNA and Split Pea.
They had a cute story of how they just recently met. Split Pea was
coming to this section (P?) and lost his portion of the data book on the
trail, DNA didn't even have this section of the data book and finds
Split Peas's on the trail. They meet later, DNA saying he was lucky to
have found on the trail the section of the data book he didn't have
unknowing that it was the one Split Pea had lost. The weather has been
very hot in Etna >100 F, we are worried about the heat. Luckily a
cold front was just coming thru and the evening prior hit all the hot
air resulting in a tumultuous lightning and thunder storm. This
day it is still hot ~85? and muggy, much nicer than the expected 90-100
Day 1 we soon found some Cobra Lily's growing along a spring fed meadow
More cobra Lily's
Cobra Lily flower late in it's flowering cycle
Lunch day 1. Here we met Mr. T a PCT hiker from Japan, Desiel the last
PCT hiker dad saw before leaving the trail, and Marco a PCT hiker from
A catapillar on the trail down to Boulder Lakes near the end of day 1
The three of us at the end of hiking day 1. Mike with the long
Mike at sunset day 1
Sunset day 1. We set up camp soon after decending to the Boulder Lakes.
It was a very nice camp on grass in a small meadow between lakes. We
started dinner on our photon stoves, and soon it began to thunder. Not
long after we were in our tents finishing up dinner with thunder,
lightning and rain outside. The storm lasted about 1-2 hours.
After it was over we were able to come out of the tents and enjoy the
remainder of the evening. By morning the tents were dry.
Being next to water ment mosquitos, this night, they weren't too bad.