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City: Mt. Shasta
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 3, 2013
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 23rd, 2013
Start: Near powerline trail
End: Sandia crest
Daily Distance: 10.1
Trip Distance: 740.3
Entry Lat: 35.158372
Entry Lng: -106.41497
People Met: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 272
Journal Visits: 14,669
Guestbook Views: 1,251
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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uphill

Wind, go away!

At one point today I found myself waiting for the off-ramp to clear so I could continue walking towards pizza; in the little median there was a large ground squirrel (almost looked like a prairie dog) looking back at me; you are just as out of place as I, I said to it, and kept walking.

I slept well despite the loud quarry noises and in the morning walked over to the ranger station and went on the pueblo trail. I am fascinated by all the structures the natives used only temporarily. I also learned about the dug-out structures and kiva ventilation, which is similar to snow cave venting.

there was a little coffee house on the way into town so I stopped off for breakfast. Three kinds of chilis, oh yeah! The barrista is an avid dayhiker. After the burrito a cinnamon roll and good wifi. Then off to pizza, back to coffeehouse (I needed a scone for breakfast and a bit of chocolate cake) and then up the trail. First the trail went through one of those neighborhoods with tons of fences and neighborhood watch signs. So many of these I was wondering if, perhaps, people were inside watching Fox News and clutching their fire arms, eyeing me suspiciously. It was weird, folks in tijeras were so friendly.

the sandia crest trail is a pleasure to hike on: nicely graded and maintained. There were many good views I did not linger at due to wind; gusts to 35 mph according to the weather service. I found myself running through meadows it was so damn cold; I imagined myself, on warmer days, lying in said meadows watching clouds go by and discerning shapes, however, this just made me sad.

leftover pizza for dinner, yum! Trail rider pizza has good crust and sauce; the best I've had in a long, long time (and I'm from Chicago).

the sun came out for a little while and out of the wind it felt wonderful. Views into albq are obscured due to dust and humidity.



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How Many Lbs Of Green Chilis Can You Fit In A 52 L Pack?

Eating all the food and slowly going insane.

 

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