I am blessed to have wonderful friends such as Sister Sally and Miracle Marilyn.
After a lovely lunch at the Black Bear Café in Porterville, Saint Sally drove us to Mineral King where we camped at Cold Creek campground. A bit of a celebration ensued.
As I went to pitch my tent, I discovered that I had left the tent poles and stakes at home
Marilyn offered to share her two person tent, thank goodness.
Nice climb out of Mineral King.
I wanted to hike past Franklin lake, but my sensible friends demurred.
We had a beautiful sunset at Franklin lake.
Sunrise at Franklin Lake.
Climbing up to Franklin Pass.
Franklin Pass -- my last time here was in 1978.
Heading down from Franklin Pass towards Forrester Lake.
After lunch at Forrester Lake, we continued on to Little Claire Lake, then dropped down to Soda Creek.
Dinner at campsite near Soda Creek.
It took us a while to break camp at Soda Creek -- my hands were freezing and wouldn't cooperate -- even my fellow polar bears were cold. We had most of our clothes on as we hiked down the trail by Soda Creek to the junction with the Lost Creek trail. As we climbed up to the trail junction for Little Five Lakes, the wind picked up. Even with the climb, we were wearing long sleeve Icebreaker shirts -- uh oh
We dropped down to pass a tarn where we were hoping to clean up a bit but it was too windy. Climbed up a bit, then started descending to the first of Little Five Lakes. By the time we reached the first lake, we were desperate to find shelter from the satanic wind. It started snowing lightly. I was hypothermic and felt useless as Marilyn and Sally pitched their tents against a large log.
Sally took pictures of white caps on the lake.