There were two climbs this morning. I kept a good pace on the first one and then took forever on the second one. I’d only done 5.5 miles by the time I stopped for lunch and usually I do twice that.

There was a little bit of downhill next and I started to go faster, but I got stopped again by a ford. There was a log across farther downstream but I was told it had branches that grabbed at you so I just took my shoes off and went barefoot since it was shallow and not very rocky.

Once I got moving again from there, I really picked up the pace and started feeling great. It was very gradually uphill for many miles. I played music the rest of the day, which helped immensely. The albums were “Mermaid Avenue,” “Mermaid Avenue Volume II,” “Anna and Elizabeth” (about four times), and “Three Mile Stone.”

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Biting flies joined the mosquitoes a couple of days ago so unless there’s a breeze, breaks are fairly short. Everyone looks like they’re insane because of all the random, sudden swatting and cursing. I wore my head net all day.

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Right before I reached Dorothy Lake Pass at 9546′, I had to go for a quick swim in Dorothy Lake. There was a little sandy beach area where you could walk right in and the water felt amazing, so cool and refreshing.

I exited Yosemite at the pass and then stopped for dinner at a stream soon after. After dinner, we passed the 1,000 mile mark. Bugs were swarming there so photos were quick.

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We saw a beautiful pink sky as the sun set and found a campsite right before dark. 21.5 miles today.