DAY 55 Heading to Lake city day 5 (not a good day )

June 7th

Well what a great camp site. I slept so well in fact when the Alarm went off I almost leapt  outof bed.

We I was all packed up and ready by 5.45. Just needed to finish my tea.

Yesterday at lunch time I met two hikers  from  Hawaii during lunch  we were chatting about drink mixes etc   and most hikers seem to rave on about caffeine being some sort of rocket  fuel.

During this conversation he said oh I take caffeine pills.

How are they I asked.?

his hiking partner said it makes him run up hills. 

He then opened his pill stash and gave me 12. .yeah you can get em at walmart.

So just before I finished my tea I took two. 

Slung on my pack. Grabbed my poles and marched out and on to the trail.

It normally takes me about 15 mins to get going.

And the first part was up…

After about 30 minutes I had the  most horrendous  headaches,and felt dizzy.  So had to stop. I glugged a lot of water.  After 20 minutes I felt better  and  rejoined the trail but again after about 40 minutes i had to stop again first the same reason.i. guessing it was the tablets . But it also could be he elevation. As we are 12,500 feet but I do not normally suffer from Altitude sickness. 

Well I won’t be trying g those again. But I felt ropey all morning. 

I had no motivation to hike and when a shady tree appeared.  I took a long nap  under it..

But I need to walk miles  

I have to say when I submitted my second climb the Vistas really encouraged me and I made more of an effort.

And then I was pleased to see an Elk  and capture it on film  lol. 

I pushed on  taking a late  lunch at 1.30. Okay im going on until 4.30 and if there’s nothing I’ll push on. 

Most if the afternoons were climbs and I was puffing  as I climbed but then as I cane over the ridge  was the most beautiful  lake that I had ever seen. Partly covering with ice with a large rock outcrop in the middle. I thought I videod  it but no..but I did take a photo.

The trail now headed down and I began to follow the stream that cascaded  down the mountain .

The trail crisscrossed it several times . So wet I was about to cross again I spied what looked like the perfect  campsite. 

So I went to look. It was 4.30 exactly. I will take that as a sign.

So I dropped my pack.

I began to put upmy tent. Then went and got water.

It was still roasting  hot so I decided to have an impromptu.  Wash and shower. Then got more water to wash my sockets and shirt.

Oh nice to be clean just for a bit.

Okay tea.I had mountain Hse  macaroni cheese.  So tasty several cups of tea.

So now Time to relax

But it’s really a little too hot.

Mileage 13.5

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