Destination: Honeymoon Creek
Miles: 22 (plus 1.6 off trail miles)
Cumulative Miles: 1485
Most all of today was about mosquitoes. We wore our pants and long sleeves for the entire day, despite the heat. We also wore our mosquito head nets most of the day, which caught glare from the sun, making it difficult to see where to step occasionally. Overall though, despite the mosquitoes, today was a fairly nice day.
We walked 4.5 miles before having our morning coffee and breakfast. Huddled in our rain coats, to keep the bugs from biting, we quickly ate our oatmeal and trail mix. Afterwards, we hiked another 12 miles to snow lakes where we ate lunch. But just prior to lunch we faltered in our navigating.
Sometimes we find ourselves wishing the trail designers had put more thought into the way they designed trails. For example, placing a trail junction at a sharp turn in the trail is not a good idea. Both of us failed to see that the PCT cut sharply to the left, which resulted in both of us turning on to a side trail. We only realized this after walking over half a mile down the wrong trail, which meant we had to turn around and walk the half mile plus back up to the PCT.
Once rejoined with the PCT, we dropped off it for lunch at snow lakes. After lunch we hiked up past Lucifer rock and Devil's Point. Lucifer rock looked like a towering tidal wave of lichen covered rock towering overhead. We were filled with a little unease as we looked up at the looming crumbly rock which could collapse at any moment, but we passed it by with no harm and carried on to Devil's Point which was tamer by far.
Dropping down and hiking a few more miles we arrived at Honeymoon Creek. We set up camp here, and look forward to a shorter day tomorrow, into Crater Lake. The mosquitoes joined us for dinner. Now they are whining dramatically, angry at us for not letting them into our tent and killing those who snuck past our gate guards.
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