Those of you who saw the pictures from our trip last year in the Ventana Wilderness may remember the useful equation trail=stream. It's worth noting that on this trip, that equation was joined by several others, among them trail=snowdrift and trail=rapids.
Oh, who am I kidding. It was a total farce set against a backdrop of lovely scenery. We abandoned the Pacific Crest Trail after 3 miles because it went into a snowdrift so wide we couldn't see the other side of it. We spent the night in a motel in Weaverville and set out the next day on the Swift Creek Trail, only to stop 5 miles in because snowmelt had turned an easy creek crossing into whitewater rapids and we couldn't find a safe way across. We camped next to the creek and came back the next day, feeling foolish for spending 3 days hiking around with 4 days' gear in our packs to spend only one night camping.
Enjoy the pictures, and keep in mind that while we really are total lightweights, the snow looked much deeper and the creek looked much faster from up close. Honest.Posted by dianna at June 6, 2004 03:58 PM