Day 67 – From Mammoth Lakes/Reds Meadows to tentsite at Rush Creek, mile 926

June 26.

Breakfast on my last town day at Looney Cafe in Mammoth Lakes. Mammoth Lakes had been in smoke from nearby fires since days.

Waited in the hotel lobby for my package from Amazon playing billiard… Short before 1pm, the same driver from yesterday showed up with my Amazon order! Charged the Plantronics headset, firmware update… And go.
Took the free city bus to The Village, bus to the skilift area, second bus to Agnew Meadows. Heard from hiker friends that they had left the trail soon due to the smoke in the area… Hope it won’t be too bad.
On trail at 2.30pm.

Trail started steep uphill in the smokey air, not so nice, hard to breath.

Hiking without Cactass and Tinkle who had left town a day earlier, I saw some new faces on trail, also Martin aka Panther from Munich.

Used my Katadyn BeFree the first time… Amazing! Love it. Also enjoyed the fresh veggies (mini peppers) I can afford to carry. The resupply only needs to be good for about two days since I will be getting into Tuolumne Meadows then.

Passed Thousand Islands lake – memories from my JMT hike.

Went over Island pass around 6pm.

Camped at Rush Creek at mile 926 about 7pm.

Chatting with Panther over dinner. Mosquitoes are annoying… Going into the tent early.

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