Sheep Lake ~ Sourdough Gap
August 20, 2014
Rosabell and I went on our annual camping trip, only this year we went backpacking instead of car camping. We chose Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap because it was Rosabell’s first backpacking trip with her new pack that had 7 lbs. Although light to most adults, 7 pounds makes an impact on a 48 inch 6 year old. The hike was 1.5 miles from car to lake. We began our hike at 11:00 on Saturday and arrived at camp a little after noon. On our way, we ran into a freak weather storm. We were rained on, hailed on and heard lightning off in the distance. I was a little concerned, but the weather pattern headed east and far away. Rosabell was just as excited about hiking with me despite the weather. As we began the hike, we met a father/daughter pair and it was her first time backpacking. How exciting for the two girls. They hiked and talked all the way to camp. Her father and I talked on and off, but it was very cute to see the excitement in Rosabell and her new found friend.
At camp, I quickly showed Rosabell how to put the tent up and she climbed in the tent and set up our house. After a quick lunch, we decided to day hike up to the top of Sourdough Gap and check out some of the peaks up on the ridge. A quick 30 minute hike took us up to the top of Sourdough Gap. We met so many PCT thru hikers. It was great to hear their stories. Rosabell and I hiked up to some of the peaks, took picture and headed down toward camp. After a quick rest, Rosabell and her friend took off to the lake to play on the logs and float around the lake. It was so cute to watch these two girls giggle and laugh as they attempted to stand on logs and fall off. I have always adored how Rosabell can turn any situation into fun and adventure.
After the girls came out of the water, dried off and changed clothes, they proceeded to climb trees and swing from branches around camp. Again, Rosabell will turn any setting into fun. It was cute to see these two little girls muster up their courage, climb trees and swing from branches. As dinner was made, the girls continued to play. Eventually, Rosabell and I broke away and walked through the meadows and around the lake. We saw cave up on a hill and climbed up to check it out. We enjoyed our time together just around the area and meeting other campers. As the evening was coming to a close, we finally climbed into our tent. Within five minutes, Rosabell was fast asleep.
As morning came, we opened up the tent to notice deer in the meadow. We slowly climbed out of our tents, made breakfast and enjoyed the sun rising up over the mountains. We slowly packed up trying to soak up as much of our personal time together as possible. Around 10, we threw our packs on our backs and began heading back down to trail to our car. We passed Sheep Lake just one more time. Took many photos even though we decided we needed to come back with the rest of the family. The hike down was a bit uneventful with the exception that Rosabell noticed how descending was much faster than the climb up the day before. After a mile on descent, Rosabell began to notice the parking lot from a far distance, as the last half mile parallels the highway. It was cute to see how cool it was for her to notice how small the cars were and how they would “grow” the closer we got to the end. We also saw our first grouse on the trail as well as our first hummingbird.
We celebrated at the usual spot….Walput Woolies with ice cream. Once again…..even the smallest adventures become just as amazing as big mountain summits.