Today started off with a great thing: a clear stream! You might think this is a given, but you'd be wrong. I'm not going to say that they're rare, but since the Cascades are a volcanic mountain range, a lot of the streams are chock full of silt, like this:
written Aug 23, 2017 @ 03:10 AM after hiking 30.37 miles
It's not a huge problem, because I have a filter, but filtering this crud out is hell on your filter, so it's best to skip water like this if possible.
Right as the day started heating up, some clouds rolled in and cooled things down -- perfect!
As long as they don't bring weather, they're welcome to come along. So far, so good. And they create some pretty wonderful vistas, too!
During the day, I met up with a couple I hadn't seen since before the aqueduct: Pickles and Fancy Pants! That was a neat reunion, except that she's hating everything right now because her IT Band is causing issues. Thankfully, I have some experience with that, so I showed her the stretches that worked for me and whatnot. I hope things get better for her -- I know the agony firsthand.
At least we have pretty things to look at, right?