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Jason "Space Cowboy" Bobier
City: San Francisco
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 15, 2007
Date: Tue, May 1st, 2007
Start: Above Chihuahua Valley Road
End: Hiker's Oasis Cache
Daily Distance: 18.3
Trip Distance: 144.4
Entry Visits: 966
Journal Visits: 84,083
Guestbook Views: 7,286
Guestbook Entrys: 143
Pacific Crest Trail Map
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can you tell where the stream is?
We woke about 4 am to rain. It started out small at first so Jason and I layed there ignoring it for a few minutes. Then, harder -- we casually threw the fly over the tent without bothering to get out. Then, even harder it rained with much, much stronger wind, Jason volunteered (or maybe was forced since I told him I wasn't going to leave my birthday suit on the count of Bob who was camping with us?) to get out and secure it properly.
The rain brought out a bunch of desert wildflowers for our day's walk. And we saw what I think is the coolest lizard of all time. I barely noticed it scramble in front of me because it was so fast and blended into the dirt path so well. I didn't pet it as Jason probably would have, but I'm sure it would have felt bumpy and textured like the pebbled sand we were walking on.
We took a couple hour nap around noon with our hiking buddy for the day, Bob from Florida. Not because it was blistering hot or because we were in pain. Just because we felt like it. These are the times on the trail I love.
The last part of the day we challenged ourselves to reach the next water source called Hiker's Oasis. It was a 800' climb at the end of a long hiking day started at 7 am and ended at 8 pm, but it was worth it. Nice flat camping spot shared with about 10 other hikers.
I woke just before 4am, looked up and saw a huge dark cloud. "Wow," I thought, "That looks like a rain cloud." And sure enough, as Angie mentioned, it started spitting and then raining. In case you were wondering though, I did have my undies on when I when scurrying around the tent to attach the rain fly.
The first half of the day was also spent hiking through areas with no cacti. I'm not exactly sure why. The terrain looks the same except for the missing cacti. And then suddenly, boom, there are tons of cactuses again. (And yes, both cacti and cactuses are correct. I just looked it up as I uploaded the journal. :-) Other than that, the terrain is pretty much identical to what we've been hiking through. Lots of granite sand and rocks and the occasional winter washout that we cross. The shrubs are mostly manzanita still.
The climb up to Hiker's Oasis (which is a big water cache) was terribly hard. I scooted right up it though. For some reason, late afternoon seems to be prime hiking time for me. After I've been going all day my legs feel energetic for climbs (or maybe they are just numb, I'm not sure). Anyway, I chugged right up the hill and then waited at the top, about a mile away from the cache. I figured that Angie was tired before the climb and that after the climb she probably wouldn't want to go on since there was a nice flat spot at the top. As I lay back on my pack next to another hiker who had just completed the climb and watched Angie make her way around the top of the mountain, she called across the top to me, "If you want to go on, you better get your ass up and get your pack on. 'Cuz if I stop, I'm done for the night." The other hiker and I broke out laughing and I threw my pack on as quickly as I could. On to Hiker's Oasis we went.
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