Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:07:46 -1000 From: Patrick Rorie (email@example.com> Subject: A Taste of the High Sierras Part 3
== Part 3 - "Another Day of Winter"
Daylight savings time ended while Peter and I slept. I woke up on Sunday at 6:45 a.m. but did not climb out of bed until 7. It was cold inside the bedroom (40 degrees) with overcast skies but absent were the strong gusts and snow fall. Took a walk down to the pier and observed the lovely snow covered slopes and pine trees across the lake with Ralston Peak clearly visible in the distance. Sunshine briefly lit up the pinnacle and it was very quiet.
Later in the day, Dr. Caldwell and I hiked 2.9 miles back to the car to retrieve much needed supplies (i.e. food). During the trip we inspected more cabins for inhabitants and studied clouds which descended almost to lake level. As the two of us approached the concrete dam and the start of the Tahoe Rim Trail, the mist engulfed us and it began to snow vigorously. Peter and I quickly sifted through the stuff in the car and grabbed priority items (as many as we could carry). A group of backpackers (not the ones we'd seen on day 1) apparently had had enough of the winter storm and were waiting to be picked up in the snow covered parking lot.
During our return to the cabin, Peter and I enjoyed tramping through the blizzard. It was an entirely different hiking experience for me. We took photos of each other and had a snow ball "fight" and "duel".
Prior to darkness setting in and after the snow fall subsided, the two of us partially closed down the boat house for the winter leaving the kayak and canoe outside just in case an opportunity arose to use them before our departure from Echo Lake.
Relaxed inside a warm cabin and gorged ourselves on a variety of leftovers. Did some reading/journaling then turned in for the night.
Next: Part 4 - "An Assault of Ralston Peak"