I had communicated with them on Sunday night and they told me they had 11.9 (Mr. and Mrs. Precise) miles to go to get to Echo Lake. I made the assumption they would get there mid afternoon based on what I knew of their hiking style here in the bay. I got a text that I didn’t see until noon that they were going to make it by 2 to the parking lot. Damn! I left immediately. Along the drive, I realized I had to find grub because I hadn’t munched since lunch with Mike the day before. Oops! I also had to find the requested Evan Williams. No plastic bottle so I got plastic flasks which ended up being unnecessary due to an empty Gatorade bottle.
Met Rob finally at 3 in Folsom and we raced up to Echo Lake in my car. I am so unbelievably grateful to him for the part he played in this adventure. It was so kind of him. We got there and I didn’t recognize them until I saw Kelsey walk. They were so brown and looked about half their original size. Travis was also rather bushy. We unloaded all the food I brought and redistributed it into lots of ziplocks then into our backpacks. I’m sooooo glad I got my pack down to 18 pounds. That was heavy.
We took off for Aloha and the “impassable” snow. Arrived as the last light was in the sky, whipped up a bit of dinner and threw down our sleeping bags under a flood of moonlight and sparkling stars.