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There is a way to turn an arduous task into a delight. During a long ascent up to Silver Pass I remembered a rowing buddy's advice on nose breathing during hard workouts (thanks Leah W.) I adjusted my pace to breathing through my nose and felt like I was on a stroll with my little granddaughter chatting in my ear (thanks H.!) Her spirit stayed with me and turned a long arduous climb into a delightful experience, step, breathe, step. As the world around me changed from green to white and silver. Sun shine, vistas of the Sierras al the way back to Mt Banner and Ritter. How far we have come!
The afternoon downhill was an exciting run in hail storms, jumping over gathering rivulets, sopping wet feet and having to cross a cataract (flash flood river barreling down the rock sides turning our trail into an over the knee raging river) We crossed it, kept our packs dry and felt like heros in an adventure movie. Clyde lost his water bottle that was all. He said we were the smart ladies to wade instead of trying to jump big huge boulders.
News of boat rides to Vermillion resort kept us going way past our leg comfort zone.
We did get to and almost dried up lake Vermillion. An exhilarating boat ride thru the water channels brought us to the resort, hot shower, a camper trailer with beds for the night and a good meal with a glass of wine. Classy! What a day!