May 2-3

Distance hiked: 8.2 miles

The last few weeks were rough. I experienced a strong symptom flare that lasted for nearly two weeks, during which time I felt so sick that I had to stay home from work for three days. As April drew to a close I began feeling better again, but despite my return to health I decided that the wisest course of action would be stay home this weekend and rest.

However, as Saturday morning wore on the urge to get out into the mountains became overwhelming. My usual backpacking partners were not available to join me (my husband was attending a ukelele festival and my parents were camping with friends), so I loaded up my pack and went off alone for my first solo trip of the year.

I began my hike around noon and made a point of hiking slowly and making frequent stops so as not to wear myself out. I felt good, but I didn’t want to push too hard and trigger a relapse. In my hurry to pack and get out on the trail I forgot to bring my binoculars, which was a shame because I could hear a number of species singing that I had not heard yet this year – recently arrived migrants!

About four miles into the hike I went off-trail to investigate two small lakes, but they were exposed and subject to strong winds, so I descended to a little lake that I had camped at in the past and set up camp there. On Saturday night the moon was nearly full; darkness was elusive, but with a piece of clothing draped over my eyes I was able to get a good night’s sleep.

I took a quick trip by myself and camped at the small lake in this picture.
I camped at the small lake in this picture.
My campsite as the sunset and the moon rose (one night from full).
My campsite as the sun set and the moon rose (one night from full).
Moon rise at my campsite.

Birds species observed:

  1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  2. Townsend’s Solitaire
  3. Mountain Quail
  4. American Robin
  5. Mallard
  6. Red-tailed Hawk
  7. Black-headed Grosbeak
  8. Great Horned Owl
  9. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  11. Canada Goose
  12. Steller’s Jay
  13. Dark-eyed Junco – including one individual carrying nesting material
  14. Red-breasted Sapsucker
  15. Fox Sparrow
  16. Northern Flicker
  17. Purple Finch
  18. Western Tanager

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