Saturday, July 6, 2013
Day 17 - feel the burn
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