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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: Thu, Apr 26th, 2007
Start: Warner Springs
End: Lake Morena
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 114.7

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Craig and George Rockin' and Rollin' to Kickoff

On the Way to Kick Off

Today has been quite unique thus far. We got up late, showered and went out for breakfast. Between the two of us, George and I had pancakes, eggs, sausage, french toast, hot chocolate, a danish and a bagel with cream cheese! We ate with he Canadians, Paul, Mark, and Corey. After breakfast, we sorted out our new food and managed to stuff everything back into our packs. Craig dropped by our room as we were leaving, so we hung out with him for awhile. Spent some time wandering the ranch property, bought some postcards, went by the post office to mail letters and the bounce box. Then we spent several hours kicking it in the parking lot with the other hiker trash. Saw the Canadians again, as well as Jacob, Commander, Davy, Mr. Fusion, and the Polar Bears. Also got to meet some awesome new folks - Mike (from Sacramento), Geek, Two Legs, Steve and Emmy, Scubaman (who gave us root beer!), Helen, and Stolen Gold. We sat in the sun, ate ice cream sandwiches and caught up on hiker news. After awhile, our trail angel/ride to KO, Georgi, picked us up. Her car was interesting. The passenger seat was packed with tow looms and a fake hydrangea, while the back (it was a van) contained an air mattress and various luggage items. George, Craig and I piled in on the mattress and we drove to Barrel Springs to do some trail magic. Georgi had set up a little camp there with all sorts of goodies - beer, soda, gatorade, fresh fruit and veggies, pie, Oreos...it was amazing. We hung out there for a few hours and met Rachel (from Scotland), Cam (from Australia), Ironman and Old Corpus. Old Corpus had hiked last year, so he was full of stories about the trail. His accounts of getting lost going through the snow made me VERY thankful I was hiking this year and not in 2006! Finally, we packed all the coolers and boxes and whatnot into the van with us and set out for Lake Morena. It was not a very fun ride. Sitting in the back of the car, bouncing around on the air mattress made all three of us feel pretty carsick. The road was both windy and bumpy - NOT a good combination! Eventually, after pulling over several times to get fresh air and rearrange seating,we arrived at the kickoff. So far, it's been amazing. We got our official PCT Class of '07 bandannas, ate some sausages grilled up by meadow Ed, met some big name hikers, and reconnected with old friends. We're in a site with Bayou (from the Manns), and we've also run into Ducky, Rachel, Greenleaf and Davy, all of whom we met on the trail. After eating, we wandered around and got to meet both Switchback and Yogi! Also Meadow Mary and Billy Goat, who we had heard lots about. It's so crazy that these people not only actually exist, but they are super friendly and interested in hearing how our hike has gone so far! We also me Chef Paul, Carl and Monty and saw Girlscout again. The PCT/thru-hiking community is so astounding. While we were waiting for Georgi at Warner Springs, 3 or 4 cars stopped to offer us rides to kickoff. One group gave us cold drinks. Everyone is totally happy to chat, to advise, to bring food and drinks and magic to hikers. Everyone has a story to tell. It is so much fun!

We just watched the 2005 photo DVD> Buckeye was on it! The pictures were SO amazing! Made me want to hike more, and to take even more photos! '05 was a crazy snow year - some super intense photos.

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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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