Mile 315.6 to mile 332.4
We had a good day today. The morning started out much better that yesterday's morning did. There was no rushing and nobody snapped at anybody. Wool!
We crossed a seasonal stream an hour after starting and drank as much water as we could and filled up our water bottles for later. As we sat there filtering, two hikers, possibly a couple, passed by and chatted with us for a minute or two. Their names are Smuggles and Heatwave. No idea how they got those names.
Back on our feet we descended into an industrial area, the Cedar Springs Dam. It was interesting to be walking around this area since we have been in the sticks for so many days. We had to do a small bit of road walking to get around their huge spillway. It was a massive slide for a metric ton of water to flow down. I don't know when that much water flows there but I bet it would be pretty cool to see.
After the spillway we ran into a little trail magic. There wasn't much left in the cooler other than some bottles of water but that was okay. We drank a bottle of water and signed the log book.
From there we ascended for a little bit. When we crested, we had a wonderful view of Lake Silverwood. I had never heard of this lake or seen it before. The lake is huge and has lots of alcoves that would make perfect private beaches. It would be nice to return some day and kayak in and out of the alcoves. The backdrop for the lake was beautiful green mountains with very dark clouds looming over them. It reminded me a lot of Oregon.
|Photo by Ryan Carpenter, from |