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Lenr - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2007

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Len Roughgarden
City: Sammamish
State: Wa
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 24, 2007
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Sep 2nd, 2007
Start: Meadow camp
End: Manning Park
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 2,689.0
Hours Hiked: 10
Daily Ascent: 2500

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,932
Journal Visits: 193,506
Guestbook Views: 4,008
Guestbook Entrys: 60

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Monument 78

Last morning on the trail. Sleep well but was woken by deer prancing around the meadow last night. The moon shined brightly through the tent during the night but there was a high marine overcast as I was packing my gear. The trail out of the meadow was up and over a ridge. The views of the green glacier carved valleys with it's rocky mountains made my last day's hike special. The trail is chiseled into the rocky mountain side as it wanders it way through meadows up to over 7000 ft. My favorite flower (Pasque Flower)is in abundance along this stretch of trail. Reach the top and all the surrounding mountain ranges come into view. The mountains to the west are covered with snow and glaciers. The mountains to the east are dry and rocky. From here the trail goes down past Hopkins Lake and Monument 78. The trail down is easy and goes quickly. The time is spent thinking of all the events of the last 4 plus months. The people, scenery, conditions of the trail, loneliness and determination to see what the next day holds. Most of the through hikers I met were the ones traveling 5 to 10 miles a day longer. They are now back to their lives off the trail. The larger group of hikers are working their way north.While hiking this morning to the monument I reflected on the times spent on the trail. Remembered how I felt getting left off at the southern terminus. The sheet metal fence that separates us from our neighbors to the south. Excited and a little uncertain if I would be up to the challenge. Fortunately on those days that were hot, dry and difficult A call home helped ease the day. Reassured by UnSun to take one day at a time and above all don't push myself and stay healthy because there nothing here I haven't done before. I made it through the desert and the bought of a swollen cheek in Techihatchbe. Encouraged by meeting and staying with the totally dedicated Trail Angels helping PCT hikers make their way north. The exhilaration of making it out of the desert 700 miles to Kennedy Meadows. For me my whole attitude toward the hike changed I was heading into the high Serria's. I love this high mountain range full of magnificent scenery and challenge. I remember my 10 day trek to VVR losing more weight than I could afford. Looking at myself in a mirror actually frightened me. Being asked by a little girl what country I came from drove home how much I changed physically. Heading north through Tolumine Meadows, Sonora Pass, Donners Pass and into the Southern Cascades brought me deeper into northern Calif. Seeing the start of the Lake Tahoe fire from Squaw Creek and hearing of the aftermath gave me a new appreciation of what harm fire can do to people and our unique mountains. Watching the environment change from the unfamiliar plants and animals to ones I have been around all my adult life let me know I was getting closer to home. Seeing Mt Shasta made me feel like I was getting closer to Oregon. Traveling through the beautiful Trinity Alps made me feel like I would never leave California. Mt Shasta was in view for what seemed like weeks. Reaching the Oregon border made me feel like I was back in the NW. Seeing UnSun in Ashland after so many months brought peace of mind. Traveling the trail through the volcanoes of Oregon was magnificent. Having UnSun and friends meet me in Sisters was a pleasant break from the routine of the trail. Entering Washington I felt like I was truly home. Hiking with Rich was very welcome.Having dinner and meeting up with family and friends at Snoqualmie Pass was fun. Having Doug join us for the Snoqualmie to Stevens section had me wishing he could stay to the end. The section from Stehekin to the border is beautiful high meadows some of the best in the state.The cut tree swath of the border is visible. Soon the monument comes in view. I let out a loud Yahoo! that Rich heard way up the mountain. Made it! We have a toast take pictures sign the book. Rich has completed Washington and talks of doing Oregon and the JMT. For Earl he said it's time to go home. Nine miles to Manning Lodge. Surprise I run into a guy I use to work with for many years. I ask him how are you doing? He says obviously you know who I am. I tell him my name and he recognizes me. He said you look like youv'e been on the trail for a long time. I agreed. No cell

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