Pardon my disgustingly dirty hands, but this was the BEST ice cream sandwich I had ever eaten!!!!!
Lake Virginia sunrise.
Cool tree roots along the trail.
Photo by Chuck Haak.
Chuck devours a well-deserved bag of Cheetos while I call Mom to let her know we're all still alive. Photo by Jill Haak.
Lake Virginia sunrise panorama.
This was the first marmot I'd seen in many, many miles.
The is one of a pair of cinder cones called Red Cones.
Sierran gooseberries. These are apparently pretty tasty if you can get past the sharp bits. We didn't try them.
Best Cheetos he'd ever eaten. Photo by Jill Haak.
Day 17. Photo by Jill Haak.
The big pile of rocks on the left is a rock glacier.
We had expected this day to be almost entirely downhill, but there was a surprising amount of uphill in the morning. Ugh. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Photo by Jill Haak.
The Minarets, Mount Ritter, and Banner Peak.
Veggie burger at the Mule House Cafe. Mmmmmmm. I had sustained myself during the day's extra-long hike by thinking of the milkshake that was waiting for me. Then I didn't end up getting a milkshake. Way too expensive.
Off I go... getting a head start on Chuck and Jill. Photo by Jill Haak.
We stopped for lunch at Deer Creek and the area was just FULL of flowers. None of us managed to get a photo of Deer Creek or our lunch spot, however. We were perhaps preoccupied with getting to Red's Meadow, our second and final resupply location.
Between Deer Creek and Red's Meadow, we entered an area that was affected by what was called the Devil's Windstorm in the winter of 2011. Winds up to 200mph had blown down tens of thousands of trees in the Red's Meadow Valley area. The devastation was quite jarring.
Next we entered an area that had been devastated by the 1992 Rainbow Fire.
Red's Meadow at last!! Resupply, store, restaurant, phone calls to loved ones, laundry, hot showers... YAY!!!! Photo by Jill Haak.