Despite several hours in snow, I hiked 29.1 miles today – my longest day of the trip so far. I spent 14 hours on the trail, from 6:30 to 8:30, without many breaks.
About midafternoon I caught up to Sunshine and Balls, a cheerful 11-year-old girl hiking the whole PCT with her dad this summer. They’re an entertaining couple, serious hikers, and I was happy to get the chance to walk with them after hearing of them over the past few weeks from other hikers. We are camped tonight on top of a knife ridge overlooking Lake Tahoe, sheltering behind an isolated tree in a brisk wind, happy to have put in a solid effort today.