On our days off last week, Zac and I went backpacking in Desolation Wilderness. (Yay!) It had been a few years since I spent time in there, so it was a needed trip. Pretty gorgeous scenery, awesome landscapes, kickass mountains. There is one drawback about this area though - the Tahoe region is toooo damn crowded! South Lake and everything surrounding it is more or less an amusement park and despite the PCT, Desolation Wilderness, surrounding National Forests, and tons of trails, there is just no way to get away from people, even when you backpack in somewhere.
Luckily, our destination wasn't too crowded. But when we hiked out on a Friday, it was a madhouse on the early miles on the trail. Egads, man. Sigh..I like my solitude, crave it. Don't dig it when there are hoards of people everywhere. Anyway...we had ideal weather and we finally saw Pine Grosbeaks (for you bird nerds). Also some Osprey and Bald Eagle near our campsite, too.
We camped at an undisclosed location (i'm not saying since it's off the well-used trails) on a mountain lake. Fresh clean mountain lakes are a weakness of mine. I kinda don't enjoy swimming (not counting snorkeling and the ocean) but when I come across some healthy mountain lake or river, I can't really resist, even if it's snowmelt.
So, we jumped in when we got there, just for 15 minutes or so. Took a while to warm up, but no big deal. Had some hot tea and soup. In the morning, I wanted to hike up some other trail but Zac wasn't feeling it so I had the swell idea of getting back in the lake at 10 am. This was not a wise choice. There was an island in the lake and I thought we should swim to it. Stupid. Ended up being in the water for 45 minutes or so. My teeth were chattering for about that long afterwards. The sun healed me eventually but I haven't been that cold in a while. The water temperature, being all snow melt, was probably around 40 degrees. Poor decision making on my part...
Shake it off! I shook it off! Then we hiked back. Great little trip. I think we've slept in the tent more than we've slept in the bed this season. Just the way I like it! Abc Wednesday (C=COLD H2o) Watery Wednesday