Monday, July 15, 2013

Mosquito Lake, PCT and Ann.

Mosquito Lake, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

July 13, 2013.

Saturdays in Trout Lake means waking up to 50-some degrees.  Then, we close the windows to bank the cool against the 80-something afternoon.  

This Saturday, we awakened with a vague plan to hike somewhere new.  So I studied the forest map over waffles and coffee, looking for a trailhead where we thought there would be no mosquitoes this time of year.

Ironically, we headed up to Mosquito Lake because our neighbors kayaked there last week and reported it bug free.  It’s a pretty little lake that reminds me of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe area because it is flat and pristine – no mountain view.  Then, we took off up the Pacific Crest Trail for a while.  

The PCT north of forest road 8851 is nothing special.  It is a gentle grade with no major ups and downs.  It provided us a simple walk in the woods, which suited us way better than a treadmill.   

Ann visited us on short notice, which meant dinner at the Country Inn instead of an Allyson-home-cooked feast.  We love visitors, especially Ann.  

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