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Jason "Space Cowboy" Bobier
City: San Francisco
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 15, 2007
Date: Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Start: Casa de Luna
End: Maxwell Trail Camp
Daily Distance: 14.9
Trip Distance: 510.0
Entry Visits: 868
Journal Visits: 84,087
Guestbook Views: 7,286
Guestbook Entrys: 143
A Full Moon After Breakfast
Woke up to Joe and Terrie's yummy waffles and coffee this morning after camping out with a handful of other hikers in their backyard manzanita garden. After taking our "official" Case de Luna pictures for their book, Joe dropped us off at the ranger's station, so we could pick up the trail again.
Today included a long 10 mile climb where we saw some cool caves that used to be mined for graphite. Jason picked up some of the pieces and got his fingers completely covered grey. He's always got to get messy. :-)
We're camping under some pine trees near a self-filling guzzler where we got water from tonight. The water came out brown -- the color of old pine needles -- even after the filtering.
The waffles and pancakes in the morning were fantastic. Just what we needed for the big climb that we knew was coming. We also discovered why the Andersons named their place Casa de Luna during our picture. Terrie provided the luminescent full moon while Joe took the picture of us. I have every intention of sending them a picture of a full moon from some point on our trip.
The graphite mines were pretty cool. It's true that I couldn't resist playing in it. How often do you get a pencil lead the size of your fist to draw with? :-)
The "guzzler" that Angie mentions is a concrete slab leading down to a tank. It funnels rainwater down to a fire tank and was completely full when we arrived. The water may have been a funny color, but it tasted fine.
Vegetation covering these ridges is mostly chaparral occasionally broken by pretty groves of black oak or pines (Coulter according to the guidebook). The groves provide a welcome respite from the blazing sun, tho today it was cool and cloudy and felt as if it might rain.
The only other thing of note that we saw today were lots of chalk lines and arrows for an equestrian race that is supposed to take place tomorrow. The race appears to travel south along the PCT and I'm not sure how much of our path will coincide with it during tomorrow's hike. It should prove interesting considering how narrow the trails are along these ridges.
Pacific Crest Trail 2007
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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