|The happy bunch|
|Abi braving the river crossing!|
When we finally got near to McClure the scenery was mind blowing, beautiful meadows, lightly forested on the edges and a river flowing from the cirque of giant Peaks standing guard at the far end of the valley - wow.
|McClure Meadow/Evolution Valley|
|Rob, and great evening light|
The scenery got more and more dramatic as we headed higher and passed beautiful lake after beautiful lake. We had to stop a couple of times to put on our waterproofs. Brian and Kevin both made me smile with their comical (but practical) poncho's (but ensured good photo's)!
|The bunch in tasteful rain gear!|
|Above Evolution Lake|
|Abi taking in the view|
|The 'BritTrain' powering on... (thanks for the pics Maggie and Brian)|
|Janet, Rob, Abi, German guy (!) and me at Muir Pass|
As we headed back with heavy hearts we dawdled, and kept looking back to the pass. We camped this night above Evolution Lake with no one else around and watched the stars appear (a great spot). The next 2 days passed quite quickly as we headed back to Muir Ranch, then cut off the JMT to Florence Lake and got a water taxi to a 'resort' that basically consisted of a shop that sold, chocolate, crisps, T-shirts, gifts and microwave burritos (weird but good).
|4 becomes 2, heading back|
|Our camp after the group split - beautiful spot at 11,000ft|
|Very old Juniper Tree, and Abi!|
|First sight of Florence Lake (after losing the trail earlier)|
|Now, where's he ferry,can you see the lorry/truck? I've put a red line above it. It was our only clue as to which bit to head to!|
|Radioing for the ferry (speedboat)|
|Goodbye trail, back to civilisation (well a road) on the far side of the lake|
Well sadly for me this is the last blog post about our time on the JMT. Almost immediately when back in the 'normal' life/routine of work, jobs etc in many respects it seems like you were never away. But I do find that I have been drifting off and dreaming of those halcyon days on the JMT. It was a magical time and I hope we can get back out there again soon.