As usual, the first day back is always hard. Your body is tense and your joints hurt. I slept really well last night, didn't wake up super early but headed out before everyone else. The elevation today was just right, not too much and not too little. I barely saw any pct hikers but lots of JMTers. We got a little taste of the mosquito swarm. Every time you stop, they will swarm your body so fast. I texted nancy to send me my Patagonia hat to Tahoe bc I think I need to retire my sun hat. The brim is too flimsy and doesn't hold my heat net well. Thru hiking problems. I passed by a campground parking lot and threw my block of cheese away so I wouldn't have to carry it. I would've forced myself to eat it but it would've been really sick.
I also entered into the ansel Adams wilderness which was cool. I walked till mile 11-12 for lunch but there was no shade and bugs were everywhere. I got a huge bite on my forehead and cheek. :( I had my headnet on for most of the day today and put on deet twice. Not looking forward to the actual swarms. A game, undercover and all smiles reached the junction and we continued on to the bottom of Donahue pass. We were all tired today. My feet ached a bit. My body needs to get back into this. It was nice to get to camp early. Excited to go to bed early too. I think I want to wake up a little early tomorrow to do the climb and then it's downhill and flat all the way to t meadows. We need to get there before the PO closes.