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4th of July
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Stars at Castle Lake
Going with it.
What is this, a hiking blog? I had a good amount of water stuck in my ear causing a slight ear infection. Time to dry it out. Plus the season had been going non-stop since October, so after the Devil's Postpile I was ready for a break and had a family reunion to attend. Since I was going up North I decided to do a bit of backpacking in the Russian Wilderness. Something I used to do a lot of before I started kayaking. One of the many great things about solo backpacking is that it teaches you to be self-sufficient. This makes the transition to overnight kayaking easier, because you know what you need.First to get a map in Mount Shasta. Used to live right up the street.
I was headed to the Russian Wilderness and took one of my favorite back roads over there, through Noyes Valley. I'd planned the trip during a few days with a 30% chance of thundershowers and got lucky with some nice dramatic clouds.
A quick, (apparently too quick) glance at the map and it looked like my destination was an easy two to three miles. I was starting the hike around five, but no big deal since it wasn't too far. Wildlife, it's hunting season so they are quite shy.
Too bad I was hiking into the light, I probably missed some great views that were happening over my shoulder. I did see a few though.
Although in many ways I dislike hiking, I can't deny that sometimes the trail calls to me.
Huh a little late isn't it?
The slight light playing on the trees is what I like about this image.
Yup things are getting late. It's sunset. Apparently I hadn't looked closely enough at the distance scale on the map, and what I assumed to be one mile was actually two. So six to eight miles total, I'm almost there as the sun sets.
I needed to find a campsite but couldn't resist the sunset pictures either.
Russian Lake. There was still a snow patch!
This is easy without a boat and kayaking gear. Time to up the weight and luxury with a nalgene of wine, steak and an ear of corn.
Day two, checking out other lakes in the area. Waterdog.
South Fork Russian Creek drainage. Pretty cool how you can see the PCT on the right hand ridge.
Day three, back to the car and lots of night images with the big camera. More on that later!