Pat and Bee's Life

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Camping 2009

Subtitled: How Pat tried to kill me by hiking 2.2 miles and 1730 feet to Gilbert Lake, and then we had to come back!!!

So! Pat and I go camping and hiking once a year and we always go to Onion Valley near Independence, California.

This year, by the time we got around to making our reservation all the flex Friday's through most of summer were taken, and we grabbed the second to last flex available. Snow comes early at 9,200 feet!

Thursday night we packed up the car, except for food, and enjoyed a relaxing evening at home. Friday we went to breakfast, gassed up the car, and got some ice for packing up the food. We finished packing the car, I headed to the chiropractor and off we went!

The drive up 395 only takes about an hour and 45 minutes. No way to tell how long it would take me (going the speed limit). So in no time at all, we had arrived at the road leading up to the camp ground.

This trip wasn't as photographed as some of our other trips. So no pics of the campground, tent, or anything pretty much except our hike - which was the highlight of our going! We do have pics of the dinner night one (Friday).

Soon after we set up camp, dark clouds started forming. There were a few drops of rain every now and then, but mostly it was a little misty. It soon passed though, and a dinner of Chili dogs commenced!

So, on with the hike! Below is the map of the trail, which is called Kearsarge Pass. We usually walk to Little Pothole Lake, but today Pat convinced me to go to the next lake up, Gilbert Lake. Today, I can't walk. Well, I can. But I can't straighten up!

So we started the hike at the parking lot for the Kearsarge Pass trail. We headed up a bit, and started taking pictures of our hike up!

Halfway up you see the waterfall that comes out of our destination, Little Pothole Lake. Next to it is a rock face that appears to have come straight from the stonemasons of Gondor! Gondor I say!!!

Pat next to the waterfall, which he tried to fall into several times.

Finally, a little more than an hour later we reach our destination! There's few people, and a big gorgeous lake!

Now this is where we usually stop. However, Pat being the crazy he is (how his co-workers think he's lazy is simply beyond me), he convinced me to go on to the next lake. So we ate some trail mix, drank some water, and hives and all (it was windy!) we headed off to the next lake!

The walk wasn't to bad, surprisingly. It ended in a bunch of rocks,

and there before us appeared one of the most breathtaking sites I've ever seen!

Three and a half hours later we dragged ourselves back in camp after deciding that another night in a tent would kill us. So we packed up, headed home, and had Panang Curry for dinnah! mmmmmm curry!

I'm so sore I can't walk well, and my back is so screwed I can't stand upright. But the walk was awesome and well worth it! Next year, we'll definitely do it again!

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