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Caitlin and George "Adventure Duo"
City: Bay Area
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 19, 2007
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2007
End: San Felipe Creek
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 81.0

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The Wind Tunnel

Tent Trouble

Today was quite something. Our tent collapsed last night due to high winds, drenching us and our stuff because it had rained as well. We did our best to get going quickly this morning, but it was just SO cold! Eventually, after some oatmeal, we got on our way. We started off along a ridge, then quickly descended down a gorgeous path bordered by yellow flowers. It was one of those paths that just look ideal for wagoning...later this morning we found some cached water to supplement our supply, and continued descending toward the desert floor. Much of the trail was cut into the side of a series of hills - the San Felipe Hills, I think - and basically followed their contour for miles and miles. We had lunch on a large, flat rock overlooking the desert and were able to dry out our stuff. As we continued after lunch, the plants became more and more desert-y. We saw lots of cactus, including some in bloom, agave, juniper, and lots of really spiky shrubbery. The blooming cacti were my favorite though...it was always so amazing to see these magenta flowers popping up out of nowhere. i bet they were appreciative of the rain we got last night! At long last, helped along by Harry Potter, we reached Anza Borrego and trekked across it. it was much warmer there than it had been up on the ridge. I was able to hike in shorts and a tshirt for the first time in several days! George continued to work on his spiffy sock tan, which is turning out to be quite impressive. After crossing the desert, we came upon the infamous Scissors Crossing water cache, which miraculously had about 60 gallons of water in it!! We filled up, took some photos, and continued across the highway. On the other side, we met up with Craig, who had left us a note at the cache. He was camping with a bunch of other hikers - Rachel, Commander, Mark, Paul, and Boone. We set up camp with them and hung out for awhile. We discovered while making dinner that we are out of fuel - it seems like the stove was left slightly on last night and all the fuel evaporated. Luckily (trail magic again) Paul had a spare alcohol stove which he gave us! This spared us the 32 mile hike into Warner Springs, which would have made today into a 47ish mile day...now we can take it at a more leisurely 16 mile a day rate. Paul also had dark chocolate to share - quite a treat indeed! Mark has a new Henry Shires tent that looks easier to set up and much less prone to collapse than ours. We're considering buying one for ourselves at KO so we don't have to deal with our tent falling down every other night for the next 5 months.

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Caitlin And George's Grand Adventure

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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