Begins: May 20, 2008
Date: Thu, Oct 2nd, 2008
Daily Distance: 25
Trip Distance: 1,675.8
Hours Hiked: 10
Min Temp: 42
Max Temp: 45
Entry Visits: 508
Journal Visits: 109,013
Gear list Journal Plan
Pacific Crest Trail Map
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There was not too much happening today. It rained pretty consistently, was windy and cold. I was warm and dry in my new rain jacket. My feet were wet and soggy in their goretex trail runners, BUT it took a good 6 hours for the water to start seeping into the shoes.
I passed through a hunters camp around noon. They had practically set up on the trail. I saw the jeep from yesterday. I was also very sad to see a small black bear killed and hanging by it's hind legs between two trees. It looked like the ones I saw last week, and made me a little teary eyed. I know some hunting is necessary, but I still struggle with it.
About an hour later someone started bellowing at me, and a rather large hunter came bushwacking down the side of the hill. He just appeared bored and wanting to chat, but he definitely startled me a bit.
The highlight of the day was coming up on a female blacktail deer and her fawn. They were laying beside the trail and slowly got up as I approached. They were not scared of me in the least and we just stood there staring at each other until they slowly wandered away grazing. I wish they were more frightened so the hunters would not kill them.
I am now snuggled into my zero degree bag listening to the rain on the tent. The thermarest has sprung a leak, but it is old. The ground is cold though, and I am delicate, so I will have to figure something out.
Over time, it really does become more about the journey and not the destination.