But HOW could that have happened?!?
All four of our "practice hikes" have been in anticipation of THIS hike and ALL of it is about the photos up here in these High Sierras that are beyond beautiful and worth every pound to lug that big camera along.
HOW could I have not noticed that the camera wasn't in my backpack when to me it's more important than water! If it was up to me, I'd carry the camera Instead Of Water but TJ won’t let me do that. He MAKES me carry water and makes me drink it all day long, gugh.
Or could I have left it behind at the lunch stop?
I went to bed that night with question only. No answers.
Every one of our "practice hikes" has taught us an important lesson.
The Silver Lake hike taught us that:
We are a party of FOUR; we will never again make a big decision without consultation and agreement of all FOUR of us!
In the morning, the FOUR of us discussed the camera over breakfast of powdered eggs, freeze dried ham, and protein drinks.
Julie had her camera of course, and completely understood my feelings.
Both Jon and TJ know how important these cameras are to their photographer wives. Jon knew instinctively that the only thing was for TJ to go back and get it. He would do that for Julie in a heartbeat and TJ was ready to go get mine for me. The three of them thought that was the decision; TJ would hike down, look for the camera at the lunch spot, if it wasn’t there, he’d go all the way down to the car to get it, and come right back up.
That’s 20 miles! In one day?!?
NO, I couldn’t bear it.
No pun intended. This is the bear we saw on Day 6
Something inside me was determined that TJ should Not do that. It’s just a silly ol’ camera and I’m not going to let it spoil our trip. We’ve trusted the Lord all along that this trip would happen when it was supposed to, and in the direction that the Lord knew was best. I trust Him that I don’t need this camera, and we will go on.
So Go On we did!
With the camera nonsense settled securely in God’s Hands, This is the day the Lord had made,
It’s Day 2 and we will Rejoice!
So we Loaded up, Cinched down and Strapped on. The trail went immediately UP
and we followed it gladly, even in the RAIN!!
Yes, those clouds began to let go of their contents and we got good use of our fancy customized rain gear which was really just a Garbage Bag with cut-outs for shoulder straps that Worked Perfectly!
Hiking in the rain was kind of exciting really! And it wonderfully lowered the temperature down to about ahhh 55 lovely degrees!!
Up past Vidette Meadow
Look! It's Bambi and her Mom!
we took the turn-off to Kearsarge Lakes and hoped for the best.
Everything was up, Up and UP some more.
After Bullfrog Lake Julie and I were longing to Be There.
Jon & TJ were much further ahead of us. Usually, when they go so far ahead, they stop and wait for us to catch up. But sometimes, when we’re near our destination, Julie and I have found that when Tom & Jon get far ahead and reach camp, they drop their packs and come back for us and ours! We love it when they do that, and began to expect to see them coming back for our packs at any moment but alas, that did not happen today.
Today, on Day 2 of our partially rainy Rae Lakes Loop, we all made it from Junction Meadow to Kearsarge and boy are we Glad that we did.
Kearsarge Lakes is a Glorious area! We made it there in time to set up our camp and eat our supper of freeze dried mashed potatoes, chicken breast and green beans before the Really Big Rain Lightning and Thunder storm came after sunset. And Oh My what a sunset we saw at Kearsarge Lakes!
When the lightning came, we counted the seconds between it and the thunder but alas, we didn’t get any lightning photos.
I can tell you though, that noisy wet storm moved fast. On our right, LIGHTNING! 1-2-3-4-BOOM Rumble-Rumble, and then a couple minutes later overhead LIGHTNING! 1-2-3 BOOM Rumble-Rumble followed later on our left; LIGHTNING! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 BOOM Rumble-Rumble…
After which we snuggled into our tents for the night, glad for each other, dear friends, strong (rashy) legs and dry sleeping bags!