Oh boy, day two at work after a long weekend and there are those dang Panera cookies and bagels. I didn't have any fresh fruit to bring this morning, just a protein bar. I need to get to the grocery store! I did break down and have a quarter of a cookie. Ugh! I hate it when I do that!
I updated my virtual walk. Yesterday was day 125 on the Pacific Crest Trail for me. My average miles per day dropped with being on vacation and having a few days off my normal pace. I am now averaging 7.3 miles per day overall, and 6.2 miles per day for the month of July. I have covered 915.8 miles of the trail and am going to push today to make it to Reds Meadow, the next staging point. The trail has been brutal!
There have been many creeks to cross. This is Mono Creek, which was raging and unsafe to cross at the trail point. We had to go off the trail to another section of the creek to safely cross.
After going off trail, we had to climb this section to get back to the trail! Talk about challenging!
And then there was Silver Creek which was flowing lazily, but chest deep and icy cold! Brrrrr!
Navigating sun cups in the snow! Who knew? I'm a Michigan girl, we don't get sun cups like this where I'm from!
Oh my gosh, and one of many falls along the way. Yep, backwards, right on my back! Like a little turtle on its shell! Thank goodness for friends who take pictures before they help you up! Luckily no injuries except maybe pride!
Day 125 brought waist deep snow to navigate! Step carefully!
And the trail completely under water from the melting snow and rising lake levels! More detours! That light section in the picture under the water is the trail!
Tricky footing on ice covered steep slopes.
Taking a rest. Thinking. What started out like fun, quickly became challenging. The heat, the desert, the snakes, no water and now the snow, the raging streams, water and ice covered trails. Heck from NO water to TOO much water! Where's the balance and moderation? It seems like nothing BUT challenges! I don't wanna any more! Please send in the helicopter to come get me. I want to take the easy way out. This is too hard.
Funny how this trail mirrors my attempts at healthy eating and the challenges I face there. Yep, I fall down there too and there are raging molten chocolate lava cakes!
OK Deep breath. I've made it this far despite all those challenges. I will give it one more day and keep putting one foot in front of the other, carefully making choices as to the steps I take.
Focus Barb, focus!