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Didn't do the whole hike as planned. But that's certainly OK, as we had the most wonderful trip anyways! We started at Pettit Lake. Headed on to Farley Lake and spent the night. Day 2 was to go up to Edna Lake, but really could've get past Edith Lake.
I don't known for sure but I highly suspect the elevation just got the best of me. I had a lot of problems with breathing deep breaths and found that I only had to take about 10 steps up and my heart would be racing. And I felt like I was In super shape before the trip. I had to stop VERY frequently to just let my heart rate slow down a bit. Plus I found myself having some "anxiety/almost panic" issues that I have never experienced in my whole entire life. Sort of felt overwhelmed by the whole feeling of being out there in this HUGE vast landscape with these HUGE mountains all around me, I sort of felt like an ant compared to the vastness surrounding me. I found it difficult to express at the time, and certainly right now. I would like to hear other hikers experiences if they have encountered anything similar to this. For the record, I am probably the most layed back person in existence...usually totally calm totally in control. Anxiety is almost never a part of my vocabulary...this was a whole new experience for me. Getting down to lower elevations certainly made it easier for me to breathe, sleep, etc.
Edith Lake was incredible. The first night we got there it was super windy so we chose a spot a bit away from the lake. The next morning it was really calm and the lake was about the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. I will try and post photos. Maybe in a day or so when I have access to better computer situations.
Little brook trout jumping up like popcorn. So amazing. I have never experienced anything like this. For one thing, I am not usually a morning person...so this waking up at 0600 in the morning and being out and about was something different for me. It these little fish were jut going nuts! We did keep a few, had a nice breakfast!
We headed back down the next day, back to Farley Lake. I felt like I wanted to just stay there for a few weeks or months. We had the perfect spot to set our tent, right by the water, yet had a little tree line to block the wind. We woke up in the middle of the night and got up and spent a few hours checking out the amazing star show. Pretty incredible!!!!
What a wonderful experience. I felt like I could just get into the groove of the hike, you know, walk, walking stick in rhythm, walk, walk, walk. And then pecriodically stop and check out the view, which is always AMAZING!!!! Ad just keep on doing it indefinitely.
Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.
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