We did get up early, eat a quick "breakfast snack" and departed our camp. We started at 8,300' and dropped down to 7,600' and those few miles seemed impressive in themselves, especially when thinking about the ascent up to high country.
We passed many parties who obviously started early, and we warned them that there were sparse chances for water. Sometimes we actually were able to communicate, if I recall, the parties seemed to be Japanese and Korean hikers with varying English language skills.
The trail flattened out and Mono Creek slowed as it made its way to Lake Edison. The story of the creation of the lake is interesting, but I'll tell it elsewhere.
Before we knew it, we were at the trail junction.
And just a bit more time we were at the landing spot, the first there.
Distance this day was 2.8 miles, 200' of elevation gained, 900' lost. The day's kml file.
The "taxi" arrived and we boarded, with one other backpacker and made our way to VVR. Debbie was on her way and expected to arrive around noon, we had arrived at about 10 am and after checking in we had a huge breakfast.
During our wait we plotted out the possibilities for next year.
What a grand time.
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