Eastern Sierra: Day 4 – Piute Lake
I woke on day 4 knowing it would be an easy day! The hike to Piute Lake was only about a mile or so and was no trouble at all. I wasn’t in any hurry to take off and hung out at Loch Leven until almost noon.
Leaving Loch Leven, looking back, the scene was breathtaking!
I met a couple from Germany heading in the opposite direction and we stopped and talked. They were also out taking pictures and that’s what we mainly discussed. After a few a minutes, we said our good-byes and parted ways.
I arrived at Piute Lake and got set up, walked around and took some pictures and after a while I started to get hungry.
I had an assortment of Mountain House and Backpacker’s Pantry dehydrated meals with me and they were a cinch to prepare…and pretty good too! Just boil 2 cups of water and pour right into the pouch, seal it up and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
I set up the tripod to get some shots of the area. It was pretty windy – there was a steady wind blowing and every once in a while, it would gust pretty strong. I moved to grab something out of the tent when I heard the camera fall over. I turned around and saw the wind had blow over the tripod…camera fell face first, on the lens, into the granite rocks. I didn’t want to go over there. I hadn’t heard any glass break and all I could do at this point was hope the lens wasn’t cracked.
As I made my way over to the camera, I didn’t see any broken glass or plastic pieces. I bent down and picked it up and when I turned it around, the lens looked okay. The glass is recessed in the lens tube, and the rim of the plastic, housing the lens is what took most of the impact. I’m glad I wasn’t using a filter, but this was my main 18x55mm lens. :O The fall messed up the action of the slider that extends and retracts the lens, but the lens still focused and I was able to work around the slider issue. The Nikon D80 has proven itself in the field, once again!
While I was in the ranger station getting passes, they were talking about a pretty big fire burning in the area. I asked if I needed to worry and they said there was no danger on my route. I could smell the smoke in the air up here, and there was an odd haze cast on the horizon, but I couldn’t see any smoke or flames.
Not that it mattered…I would enter Humphreys Basin tomorrow and there are no trees there.
I sat staring at Piute Pass… tomorrow was going to be a long day.