We made it to Red's Meadow Today!

JMT 2011, Day 16 -- 9/13/11

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Start: 900.8. Stop on PCT: 908.9. Miles on PCT: 8.1. Miles on JMT: 12.3. Miles hiked: 20.4

This is Reds Meadows day! So we were on the trail at 7:03 for a downhill 6 mile hike to the store and restaurant. It was a beautiful hike with an easy trail. We got to the store at 9:10 and they were still open for breakfast.

They made us wonderful breakfast. And I got to talk to Carol. She helped me decided to keep going even though I am going to miss a family party where the sex of my third grandchild will be revealed.

After we visited the store many times we finally left at 12:30 and even with that late start we got another 12 miles over some of the most difficult terrain on the trail. We walked by some beautiful lakes.

The weather after lunch turned rainy and cold. We climbed all the way to Garnet Lake. By the end of the day it was like going over a 12,000 pass to get there, but we hiked strong all the way to the top. Cold fog set in on the way down to the lake. We set up our tents in rain kind of in an emergency camp site. Andrew got the worst spot mostly on rocks. We had to set up his tent multiple times just to get it to stand.

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Morning. Wes taking down his hammock -- note how it rolls up.
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A red mountian. I guess that is why this place we are going to is called "Reds" meadow.
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The remains of a forest fire, South of Reds Meadow.
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Andrew talking to his dad at Reds Meadow.
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The entrence to Reds Meadow store.
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The three of us, after thirteen days on the trail.
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Devil's Postpile.
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Andrew's foot. Still looks beat up.
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A typical worn out sign. Actually, this one is in pretty good shape compared to most of the others.
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Water falls on Shadow Creek.
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Bridge over Shadow Creek.
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Garnet Lake, from the "pass" we climbed to get to it.
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Garnet Lake, after walking down a little from the pass. At this point we got a cold rain while trying to find a place to camp.