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PCT Day 84... The Simple Things

PCT Day 84... The Simple Things

Although it looked just as foggy as it did when I hit the sack the night before, once I had gotten out of my tent and was packing up, I saw areas of blue sky and the sun was working its way out. It turned out to be the best weather I have had since entering Washington.

PCT Day 69... The Big Hitch

PCT Day 69... The Big Hitch

I slept in this morning until 6 am or at least I tried to, but I woke up and checked my watch at 5:59.45. I watched as the last 15 seconds counted down before starting my day. I packed up my gear and took my time to make sure I had enough food for the next stretch. I was good for four full days’ worth. 

Day 63... Burney Falls

Day 63... Burney Falls

About 8 miles into today’s hike, I reached Burney Falls State Park. It was a short side hike to see the falls. The lady who gave me a ride said that Theodore Roosevelt once said the falls were like the 8 great wonders of the world.

PCT Day 62... Looking Forward

PCT Day 62... Looking Forward

Before I hit the sack, I did some thinking. I am almost positive that I will not be able to finish the trail this summer although I will get extremely close.  I expect I will be just a week or two short on time. My goal is to get as far as possible to the end.

PCT Day 61... Horsepower

PCT Day 61... Horsepower

After finishing up writing the blog last night, I visited with Chris, the man who camped near me until about 9 pm. It turned out that he was a section hiker. Chris had hiked from Campo to Beldon and then flipped up to Oregon and headed north about 30+ years ago.

PCT Day 59... Sobo vs Nobo

PCT Day 59... Sobo vs Nobo

About a mile before I stopped for the day, I met a group of three hikers that were having dinner. We talked for a bit and they told me about a north bound hiker named Sobo.  Sobo is short for South Bound. Apparently she got her trail name for how often she gets turned around and goes the wrong way down the trail.

PCT Day 58... Across Town & Back Again

PCT Day 58... Across Town & Back Again

At some point during the night, a deer decided to come to hang around my campsite. I woke up several times to the sound of it walking next to my tent. Before leaving camp, I felt the urgent call of nature and grabbed my shovel to answer that call. I started hiking at 6 am and did not stop, but to fill up water, until 2 pm. 

PCT Day 56... Bad Dog, Good Dog

PCT Day 56... Bad Dog, Good Dog

The terrain was up and down hills, through wooded areas, reminding me of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I saw a good number of weekend and section hikers out and as I got close to the road, a lady was walking with her dog, who fortunately was on a leash, barked and snarled at me. I continued and reached the road at 11:30.

PCT Day 49... Glissading Down 200 ft

PCT Day 49... Glissading Down 200 ft

The descent was more interesting; we could either hike around this bowl of ice along the trail or glissade about 200 feet down and bushwhack from there. We choose glissading. Lucky Hat went first and he sped down the ice, not using his ice axe much to slow him.