Today seemed like a somewhat "chill" day. My goal today was also to keep my feet dry as much as possible. The soggy feet all day and painful blisters are no longer worth it to me bc I'm lazy. I took my shoes off all every crossing and tried my best go slow around the puddles and trail that is currently a river. I hiked out with ET and Heffe for a bit before losing them. It was pretty chilly this morning too. The climb up to seldon pass was gradual and not too bad. On the way up the steep climb, my left butt cheek muscle was feeling a bit strained or pulled so I had to stop several times to stretch it out. Some snow and steep sections but nothing dangerous. Post holed in some slush coming down though. Took a lunch at the lake at the bottom before finishing the day.
We knew there was another big crossing coming up. Bear creek. When I arrived, most of the others had already gone through. They were all trying to tell me where to go but could barely understand. Heartbreaker went before me and he fell in twice and struggled to get back up. It was so scary! I didn't know how to help him but he was terrified and so was I since I was about to cross it. The current was really strong in the middle and if you went upstream, it was about chest deep. So I crossed slowly and made it. The water hit just under my hip belt just like evolution creek but with much a heavier stream. There were also a ton of mosquitos so I finally wore my head net and used deet that I've been carrying for so long. Makes a huge difference. They still eat through my shirt though. So far, I probably have over 20 bites all over my body. I sat at the crossing to dry off and wait for everyone we knew in our wave to cross.
Then it was the final push to camp. We wanted to only go 15 today. But there were about 10 more crossings on the way. They are really annoying sometimes. I finally found mike and Jackie where they found a place to camp down the trail looking over a cliff. I am parting ways with them tonight since I don't need to go to vvr. I will finish the next 33.8 on my own in the sierras to mammoth lakes. I'm a little nervous about this next pass but I think it'll be ok. It'll be interesting to see how I do on my own schedule since everyone I know is getting off at vvr. I will now be a day ahead of them. I'm hoping to catch up to GB in mammoth, but I can't remember if he was getting off there or not. Either way, I need to zero there.
I cannot believe we are already halfway through the sierras! And the most beautiful part of it has already passed. So insane. Soon we will be sending our bear cans home and will be in northern ca. I think I need to send some snow stuff and clothes back in town. I've been carrying too much stuff I barely use! Tonight my sleeping bag smells like Clyde. Or maybe it just smells like dog but usually it smells like flowers. I don't think it's that dirty. I asked mike and Jackie if they've had a day where they've wanted to quit bc I haven't had that yet. Before I started, I kept hearing from many people how they've wanted to quit several times or it's been really hard being alone or this being mentally hard for them. But I haven't really had that yet. I mean, at least everyday, I am uncomfortable for a many hours or physically my legs don't want to climb or my feet/shoulders hurt really bad but I always want to finish and make it to the next point. Maybe it's bc I don't push myself where I feel like dying, except maybe just a few times. We'll see what happens in this next section though. There are more bears and bugs apparently.