“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” – John Muir
Friday, July 17, 2015
The morning came quick and knowing this would be our last chance for a sit-down meal in a long time, we hit the restaurant at Red’s Meadow for some delicious pancakes, and whatever else we could stuff in our jaw. Leaving Red’s, we stumbled upon the ruins of a windblown forest; a wasteland where just about everything had been toppled. To know these trees had been standing long before I had been born, and one day some wind came and blew them all over, was humbling. To say the least.
We hiked on past Deer Creek, Duck Lake, and Purple Lake, where we decided to make our final push to Virginia Lake. With our newly resupplied packs, it was draining; but after 15.5 miles we found camp for the night at some tent sites perched neatly above the lake. Finally, peace settled in.