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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 30th, 2007
Start: Lost Valley Springs
End: A Sandy Wash Somewhere
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 139.7

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Gorgeous and Plentiful Yucca

A Desert Oasis

Got up late-ish this morning and did some more hiking. A big surprise to you all, I'm sure! It was nice walking - slightly uphill, mostly shaded. The views were nice too. We saw quite a few flowers - some lupine, lots of ceanothus and Indian paintbrush, some sweet pea type of thing, scarlet buglers and some DYCs. More cactus too and lots of yucca. We hiked 7.6 miles to Chihuahua Valley Road, dumped our packs and followed signs toward a water cache at someone's house. We were expecting a small cache or a hose - imagine our excitement when we discovered a desert oasis! It was a screened porch packed with hiker goodies. Not only was there water, but also juice, soda, candy, bread, canned food, spaghetti-o's, meds, spare gear (cord, blister stuff, chapstick, etc.)

(I stopped journaling to read Brautigan with George and then never started up again!)

Anyways, this house was incredible. There was an outdoor shower, a washboard for laundry (which we did - hurrah!) and even a couple of cots for people to stay overnight. We didn't get to meet the owner, unfortunately, but his place was an excellent stopover. We met lots of people there: in addition to the standard Craig and Paul, we met Silver and Kurt, Peach, and Beef Stew. It was great fun. We set off around 2:45pm with plenty of water and candy for the miles ahead. We did a few miles, then took a break for awhile to escape the heat. Put in another 5 or 6 more once it had cooled off for a total of 15 or so. Set up camp in a nice, enclosed, sandy wash and read before bed.

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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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