I got going about 630. Gale trailnamed “Misfit” was just rousing and making breakfast but I wanted to get a start on the pass. It was 26 degrees out. It iced at our elevation and there was a light dusting of snow as I went up Lake Ann pass. I met a doupleganger to my late grandfather. I could imagine him jogging along the trail.
Once I crested the pass I met people for the next several hours. I saw more people today than all combined on this trip. A father and son from Kentucky. Mike and Maggie section hiking. A retired dayhiking group of 15 + dogs. Ect ect.
Misfit caught me shortly after lunch and we hiked for a couple hours till we got to the base of the climb to Hope pass. She sent me an inreach message so we could message back and forth and she took off up the hill like a rocket. I took my time. It was a steeeep climb with beautiful views. I crested the top about 5 and had some cell signal. I hiked on most of the way down the other side before I found misfit’s tent and setup within talking distance.
Tomorrow I’m only 6 or 7 miles from my car and Mike and Terri camping. I texted Terri tonight and asked if brunch was available for two hungry hikers. Hehe always nice to have some trail magic. Misfit is headed on up the CT tomorrow so I told her she can have what supplies I have at the car if she can’t find what she needs at the Twin Lakes store. I finally found a hiking buddy right as my loop is ending. But such is life!