Since we got back 2 days early from our Augusta trip, we had to do 2 more days of work before our break, so Rich had us do day hikes doing wilderness ranger work (making contact with hikers, checking signs, checking wilderness toilets, that kind of stuff).
Sunday we hiked to the Scottish lakes, which were appropriately cold, windy and rainy, but still pretty. We drove up through a terrible looking clear cut on the way to the trail, which was depressing, as those things usually are. We went to 3 lakes, Julius, Eileen and Donald. We had to dig a new toilet at lake Eileen, which is about as fun as it sounds.
Monday we set off for Lake Valhalla, via the PCT. This hike was great, about 6 miles and a relatively flat and fun hike (a nice change from the very challenging hikes ive been doing the last 11 days). The weather was cool, but thankfully not as wet as the previous day. On the hike in we passed this boulder field and a family of marmots! I frequently hear these things, but rarely get a chance to see them this close up.
The rest of the day was spent checking campsites at the lake and doing some weeding towards the first mile of the trail. None of us were very excited to be pulling weeds again, but luckily we are off for the next 8 days! I am planning on getting a few hikes in and hopefully a trip to seattle.
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