Day 79-84: Walking Through Challenges

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Day 79: Echo Lake (Mile 1094.5)-Heather Lake (Mile 1102.5); 8 miles

Leaving the comforts of Echo Lake, we headed off into the Desolation Wilderness, where we walked past all sorts of lakes, big and small.

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Unfortunately Shutterbug developed bad stomach issues, making frequent breaks a necessity. We weren’t sure of the cause, perhaps overeating in town. His discomfort was bad enough that we opted to stop and set up camp early. Though we hadn’t covered as many miles as we’d hoped, modifying our plan was the best thing to do.

Day 80: Heather Lake (Mile 1102.5)-Barker Creek (Mile 1125); 22.5 miles

After a good night’s sleep, Shutterbug’s stomach was feeling good enough to hike, though not perfect. We continued on and were both excited by the many beautiful lakes we passed, some teeming with fish.