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Being in San Diego with friends is not the worst way to spend 1.5 weeks (thanks to everyone who has helped, especially you TT), but I was just waiting for the chance to rejoin T-Rex and keep hiking. After traveling overnight for 14 hours on trains and buses, I rejoined my wife turned mountain-lady and we took a day off I  Tahoe to finish healing my ankle. we decided to go reasonably easy especially the first day to just see how things would go. The image above is of Echo Lake, which was shortly after we rejoined the trail.

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Lake after lake in this section, but weather was rolling in.

We hiked about 11.5 PCT miles and decided to camp just past Aloha Lake, just in time as heavy rains rolled in and lasted most of the night.

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From our campsite the following morning.

After an early morning rain shower, we got going a bit late and headed towards Dick’s Pass. It was a decent climb, but my ankle felt much improved, which helped our confidence and we decided over 20 miles was a go.

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Near the top of Dick's Pass

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On top

We headed down past Dick’s Lake and stopped for lunch at an outlet

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Standard lunch spot, weather rolling in. Clothes don't dry as easily in humidity apprently.

Mosquitos continue to be a chore through all this water and humidity, but at least it’s beautiful. We hiked past lake after lake with amazing views of flowers througout.

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We camped among mosquitos above a creek and prepped for several climbs the next day.

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Happy 4th!

We climbed into Granite Chief wilderness and it was Ridge walking mostly past Backountry Skiing and epic views of thunderstorms over Lake Tahoe.

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Straight T-Rexin'

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Ominous over Tahoe

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Coming towards us...

One of our big goals was to spend time on the Fourth at the headwaters of the America River.

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Thatsright,this is where America begins, what did you do at the fourth? Uncle Sam on stilts is just off camera.

We then climbed to the Squaw Valley Ski resort, a weird situation in the summer…but very scenic.

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Up top with a lake view.

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Would've been easier, but not operational.

We headed back down and then back up to prep for a climb of Tinker’s Knob in the morning…another 21 mile day today, with 10 miles into Truckee tomorrow.

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Made it!

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Lake Tahoe in clouds, reminder of why were here....

After topping Tinker we headed up and down ridges to resupply in Truckee and spend out last night in a hotel for likely a couple weeks.

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Ridgewalking, everyone's favorite.

We are leaving Truckee and going through several small towns coming up, including Sierra City and Belden. It felt great to be back out, but reception and Internet will be hard to come by, so we’ll post ASAP…for those of you un-retired folk,enjoy the grind until we return!