1) One thing that we've heard a lot today is "It's *so* heavy!". We couldn't resist weighing our packs before we left Kennedy Meadows. Mine was 34lb, Mick's 36lb. That was with six days' food and a couple of litres of water (the first litre of which was drunk in the first few miles). Most people have been on a mission to eat lots of heavy stuff today.
2) It also struck me today that there are few situations, when on a six-day backpack, where I'd be prepared to carry a seat weighing a kilo. Admittedly I'm not carrying a bear canister for the primary purpose of using it for a seat, but it does double nicely for that purpose.
3) I think our acclimatisation to the heat is coming on nicely. Sitting in the shade at lunchtime today, with a good breeze blowing, I had to put my fleece on. My thermometer read 24 degrees!
4) It should be renamed the Cascadia Trail for this season! Over 50% of the people we've met (and Mick's in the club too) are wearing Brookes Cascadia shoes. As I walk behind Mick, I'm following a trail which is a mass of Cascadia footprints (they've got a very distinctive tread). Someone said to me last week that they can always tell when we're just ahead of them as my shoes (Inov8 Terrocs) stand out in the sea of Cascadia prints. I may have to try a pair myself; that many people can't be wrong, and Mick certainly rates them.
5) Big trees! We've seen today the biggest trees we've ever seen in our lives! Mick called me over as he was collecting water this evening just to show me one, and he was quite right to - it was enormous.
6) My soundtrack of the last couple of days has been a cricket-sounding insect. Mick's days have been a bit quieter. It's a very high pitched crickety thing, and outside of Mick's range (I can hear those 'mosquito' deterents they put to stop youths gathering, which are supposed to be inaudible to adults too).
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