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[pct-l] Sierra Snow Analysis
I concede that my original estimate of the date to leave Kennedy Mdws for
passibility of the Sierras; May 18th, would have been a bit early for most
hikers. As I recall, Tom, you estimated June 10th or so. Did we have a bet
on this? If so, I guess that I owe you. (White Zinfadel? MGD? KYA?)
However, if you had left Kennedy Meadows on May 18th, I believe that you
would be well over Forrester Pass by now and headed into VVR (albeit, perhaps
at a good cost of effort). Oh, but what a great position to be in at such a
great time in the Sierras!
I recall forging streams in northern Yosemite NP, skirting large north facing
snow fields and postholing a bit to make a beautiful small lake. We passed
nor saw anyone all day. Ice still covered 90% of the lake and the fish were
jumping like mad (for all the damn mosquitos!) in the 10% that was ice-free.
Anything thrown into the water was immediately hit by several, large, fat,
luscious trout. My brother and I had fresh trout for dinner and breakfast
the next day, filling ourselves to the point of absurdity.
We felt just a bit of satisfaction realizing that the trout were fat due to
the abundance of mosquitos and other emerging insects. The circle of life;
mosquitos suck human blood and get fat, slow and stupid, fish eats mosquitos
until fat, slow and stupid, humans eat fish until slow, fat and stupid,
mosquitos suck human blood . . .
(walking solves all things)
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