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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

High Sierra Trek: Birthday at Emigrant Lake‏

August 16th, 2009 · No Comments

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On the third day of our trek through the High Sierra the omens were auspicious for my 74th birthday. We camped at Emigrant Lake, elevation 8,890. Almost all night the moon was full and fully visible through the mesh of my tent that I had pitched without the rainfly.

Then when I got up and joined the other four members of our group, Susan immediately wished me a happy birthday. Then, Marv showed up with a 14 inch rainbow trout that he had just caught in honor of my birthday.

RC Cooked the Trout that Marv Caught for my Birthday

RC Cooked the Trout that Marv Caught for my Birthday

I very much enjoyed the fresh wild trout that RC had cooked perfectly. I offer to share it with the others. But they declined.

Just as good, this was a layover day when we recuperated from the strenuous hikes of the first two days on the trail. Still, we took day hikes in the area. RC and I hiked 3 miles along Emigrant Lake.

Hiking Along the Shore of Emigrant Lake

Hiking Along the Shore of Emigrant Lake

We stopped to take lots of photos and talked a lot about photography. I also picked RC’s brains for his pharmacy expertise.

RC and I Spotted This Deer Climbing up from Emigrant Lake

RC and I Spotted This Deer Climbing up from Emigrant Lake

Our Wrangler, Marty Johnson, Resting in his Hammock - (Photo Courtesy of RC Vasavada)

Our Wrangler, Marty Johnson, Resting in his Hammock - (Photo Courtesy of RC Vasavada)

Susan, David, and a Small Cabin - (Photo Courtesy of RC Vasavada)

Susan, David, and a Small Cabin - (Photo Courtesy of RC Vasavada)

To this point we had warm, sunny weather. But it changed. Storm clouds rolled in from the west.

Continued in the third photo essay in this series.

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