Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Rae Lakes Story Part III

Day 3 and 4
 Day 3 was spent at Kearsarge Lakes which was BEA-YOU-Tea-Full!!
It's completely cloudy which is fine because it makes for very even lighting for photog oh wait, the fancy new 1-pound tri-pod is No Good without the
This is Julie.  She has HER camera.  AND she has that nifty cool tripod on her trekking poles which I have too buuuut....!

No worries, we'll just do what we can with the trusty little ipone.  
Can you see how beautiful Kearsarge Lakes is?  

After breakfast TJ & I walked all along the path that led around and beside the lakes,

 overlooking Frog Lake from where we had come. 

Later Tom and Jon fly fished for a Long Time in this serene place 
until it started to rain!  
The rain started out slow and then came down in Buckets and threatened to flood into our tent!!! 
Ahhh - but not to worry - TJ and Jon know just what to do and apparently Julie does too!!  They worked like dogs and were soaked up like sponges digging trenches around our tents.  Later I felt like a heel when I found out that Julie was out there trenching too!  I thought she had gone in her tent like I had gone in mine, and that it was the MEN out there protecting their women in the storm But No!!!!  She was out there too, and all I did was sit in my tent barking out orders!! 
With the trenches dug we did our best to pass the afternoon in our dry little spaces.  We strung up dental floss for a clothes line.  We played cards and I read to Tom from the book I'd brought along. We did 'tent yoga' and finally we broke out the wine and poured ourselves a glass to go along with our little pic-nic of brie, crackers, fig jam and lemon tarts for dessert!!
 Poor Jon & Julie, all they had was a protein bar and some trail mix!  They were quite jealous of us later when they heard about the pic-nic we had in our tent!!  They're some of the BEST 'pretend' friends you could ever have on the trail, Ever! And they knew right away I was lying about the wine and crackers and cheese!!!

Tomorrow, Day 4 is Pass Day.  
I don’t mean pass, like 'pass the salt please', or pass, like 'I'll take a pass on that thank you', I mean PASS like 12 THOUSAND Feet over Glen Pass  pass!!!  
 What if it's raining tomorrow?  
 What if we have to pack up the tent in the rain?  
 What if we have to hike up and over The Pass in the rain?
Well it wasn't!  and we Didn't! 
He that holds the stars in the sky, held the rain in the clouds that day and we had wonderful cloudy, Cool weather to Hike Up the Glen Pass without any rain on
 Day 4!!!
Apparently all our training this summer had paid off; we knew Glen Pass was going to be hard and it was, but somehow we made it just fine.  Actually, I felt strong that day; Long Strides, Long Strides. 
 Up up and UP some more. 
Past Charlotte Lake
Charlotte Lake

 And up into the Moonscape side of the pass


 Back and forth through the switchbacks each one going further up.  After several switchbacks I started counting them; 
18 - Huff,  long strides, Huff Huff.  19 - Huff, long strides, Huff Huff.
and then, by the time I got to 21, I was THERE!!! 
I wasn't 21, I'd Counted 21 switchbacks
let's not be confused!
I couldn’t believe it!  I’d made it up the pass!  
 We left Kearsarge Lakes on Day 4 in the morning at 8:45.  It’s now 1:07 in the afternoon of the same day and there we were, On the Top Of The World!!!!
that's it, hold your arm out there TJ, show some enthusiasm
To one side we could see the stark beauty of the moon-scape landscape where we'd climbed up all those switchbacks 
and on the other side is the culmination of a summer’s worth of training, the Goal is in Sight:
RAE LAKES here we Cooooome!!!!

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