25th June 2015
Bushcamp (1040.1) to Bushcamp (1063.3)
The precipitous bluff near camp was bright orange in the early morning. We discussed trying to make it to Lake Tahoe a day earlier than planned. This meant bigger days than we wanted and the possibility of expensive accomodation options.
Several miles into the day we caught up to Zig Zag. My former hiking partner. We’ve been leap frogging each other for 100s of miles. We chatted while loading up on calories. KC and I left Zig Zag to head down to the smoke filled valley. Visibility was restricted. Although we could smell the smoke it certainly wasn’t overpowering. Our own bodily smells were the only overpowering things round this part of the world.
About 2 hours after meeting Zig Zag at the top of the pass we descended to Ebitts Pass. Several weeks ago I was contacted through this blog by a trail angel called ‘chipmunk’. Every year he takes 4 days of his life to feed and look after smelly, dirty PCT hikers. He advised of dates he would be at Ebitts Pass and it turns out that it coincided with my timing. Due to the fires and road closures I didn’t even consider that he would be there. I was so amazingly wrong. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I hit the road. There was a shade tent, chairs, a kitchen, a table. I was fed eggs with chilli beans, coffee, chocolate milk, coke, pineapple and a chocolate brownie. Seriously it couldn’t have come at a better time. Mentally I was reset. Zig Zag arrived only 30 minutes after KC and I. He was presented with his own ‘zig zag’ label brand paper towels. Very amusing.
Two hours later we reluctantly left the comforts of chipmunks trail magic. We headed up the trail only about 50 metres to find an ice chest with beer. Sorry, couldn’t pass that one up. KC, Zig Zag and I drank the beer. I thought I noticed Zig Zag to be a little unsteady on his feet. It was a hot day.
I sat in my tent as darkness fell. To the west was an unusually bright Venus with Jupiter so very close to it. I don’t think it’s common to see two planets so close to each other in the sky. I consulted my star chart app and learned that on 1st July they will almost right next to each other in the western sky, so check it out!Edit