Catwater

Tuolumne Measures (940.84)
8/26/18
Miles – 14.53
Total miles – 202.17


It was a warm night, but it was a little hard to sleep with a full moon and no trees to block the light. Toward morning my phone said that it was 4:30. We started to wonder why it was so light at 5:00. By 5:30 we decided to eat breakfast and get an early start. Around 6:00 Whisper informed us that her watch said it was 7:00. I realized that my cell phone was an hour off. Every now and then, when a cell phone is not connected to a tower, it can lose track of the time. This was going to be a later start. We packed quickly and were hiking by 7:20. Our trail climbed up Donohue Pass. A cold wind was blowing as we hiked out of the trees and up the rocky valley toward the pass. It was only two miles to the top so it did not take us long. We stopped long enough for a few pictures before heading down. The winds stayed with us until we dropped to the first hanging valley. On the way down Bling saw a large Black Bear, which was brown. We took at break and ate something before we heading down to Lyell Canyon. Now the hiking became very easy. Lyell Canyon is very flat. There rest of the day we headed toward Tuolumne Meadows. We took a side trail to the campground and set up our tents in the backpackers camp. Then it was off to the store for drinks and dinner. We took our drinks and dinner across the road and sat in the meadow eating. Once we finished I went to the grill to return the tray. As I was leaving I saw Catwater.
Catwater is a thru-hiker we meet on the PCT in 2015, we saw her for 5 minutes in the middle of Washington in 2016, we started and hiker a lot of the CDT with her last year, and here she is this year. We knew she volunteers in the Yosemite Park every year, but we did not know when she will be here this year.
After saying hi to her I sent her out to see Mama Raven.  Catwater and Mama Raven decided to move our tents to their group camp and we visited with Catwater will past hiker midnight.

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