Day 59 - Mather Pass and the Golden Staircase

I woke with a heart of gratitude and made some art with the food my friend GreenLite sent me in Independence. 

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I met him on the Appalachian Trail and visited him and his girlfriend, FirstGear last year on my music tour of the East Coast. 

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FirstGear is gearing up for a hike of the John Muir Trail and is raising money for a good cause. Check out her page here: 

https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/hike/campaign.jsp?campaign=65&fundraiser=3614&team=483#.VSXeR7LeHWw.facebook

She is at 70% of her fundraising goal, please help her if you'd like to help out! 

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I hiked up To Mather Pass, along a grass laden trail.

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And met this friendly marmot out on his morning patrol. 

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I enjoyed the shade of some pine trees and the refreshing streams that I frequented upon. 

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I climbed the pass with my friend Rambler, a painter with a kind and  generous soul.

 

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He's even moving to Asheville after the hike!

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We hung out atop the pass and enjoyed some food and music. 

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We could feel the love. 

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We hiked down into the valley and then descended the "golden staircase," a long and steep descent that was being worked on by some forest service employees. 

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It was a breeze going down the "staircase," but there were just as many people going up. 

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I caught sight of a rather large body after reaching the valley. 

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I took this from a safe distance!

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Here is Baloo scratching his back on a tree: 

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I hiked on and told my friends camping nearby of his presence and they caught a glimpse of this beautiful animal ambling through the woods.

I also saw a family of deer foraging for their dinner. 

I also saw a family of deer foraging for their dinner. 

I shared some music with friends camping near a stream and hiked on into the cool evening breeze. 

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<3 Will