Saturday, July 6, 2013

Day 17 - feel the burn

THe days have been getting hotter and hotter, which makes sense as we head South and into July. The heat has been compounded by the extensive forest fires from a few years back, started by lightning. We've taken to hiking early in the am, then taking refuge in some shady area for a siesta before continuing on.

The burn areas are so stark, and divided into two parts: tall silvery barkless trees above 2', and thick lush green growth under 2'. From a distance, the opposite hillsides look bare, not barren, and are regenerating. I hate to say it, but they do look like the early stage photos of post-hair treatment recovery.

Lunched and camped at separate ranger stations--day 8 in the backcountry has made me excessively happy to see any signs of civilization. I'm drawn to these ranger outposts, even though they are nothing more than locked cabins, and surprisingly nice privys.

Mileage: 18mi? From Benchmark Ranch to the Welcome Creek Ranger Station

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