CDT – Day 5 & 6 – Palookaville Dreaming

DATE:  August 7 & 820120818-160847.jpg

START:  About a mile before White Creek junction

FINISH:  Just south of Larch Hill Pass

DISTANCE:  63 miles (101.4 km)

DAILY AVERAGE:  31.5 miles (50.7 km)

TOTAL DISTANCE:  194 miles (312.1 km)

HIGHLIGHTS:

Views on the northern side of Switchback Pass……..three white-tailed deer bounding effortlessly through the forest at sunrise…….rejuvenating midday swim at the lake situated just before Switchback Pass (second photo from the bottom).

LOWLIGHTS:

– Quite a few burnt out sections; all of which were dotted with pink flowered plants which looked a little like Poodle Dog Bushes (thankfully they were toothless).

– Not making the side trip to “Palookaville”; will I ever have another opportunity? Has to rate up there alongside Zanzibar and Timbuktu as one of my all-time favourite town names.

NOTES & MUSINGS:

Met my first northbound CDT thru hiker, a young bloke by the name of Sandman, who began at the Mexican border on April 15.

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