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Ellie - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Ellie
State: CT
Country: USA
Begins: May 20, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Oct 13th, 2008
Start: Near Deer Creek
End: 29 Miles from Burney
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 1,891.8
Hours Hiked: 9
Min Temp: 42
Max Temp: 60

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 387
Journal Visits: 94,789

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View from Tent

Wildlife is Back!

I started to panic a little when I woke up this morning. I thought I had gone blind in one eye, only to discover it was swollen shut. Nice...good thing it is not the weekend. I might scare the day hikers. The poor logger I saw today looked a bit taken aback when I stepped out onto the dirt road. I just smiled and kept climbing.

I headed to a small creek after getting on the trail, and dipped my bandana to soak my eye. Wala...good as new. It opened after a few minutes, and as I type this, the swelling seems to have lessened tonight.

Most of the hiking was really nice up on the crest today. The views were fantastic, some of the best of Shasta yet. I saw what looked like a fire to the southwest. Hopefully, I am just seeing things with my bum eye.

I saw at least 2 deer and a huge hawk. The hawk was sitting on the side of the trail finishing lunch when I came around the corner. He took off slowly, and it was amazing to see how enormous his wing span was. He was a big fella. I believe he was a red tailed hawk. He left part of his dinner, but I did not check to see what it was.

I had a great time hiking with T.Weed and Rabbit, but saw zero wildlife for the 4 days I hiked near them. They were usually a half hour ahead of me. Now that I am on my own again, the critters are back. Speaking of critters, I have a bad feeling there is a skunk outside my tent, or some other smelly beast...ugh.

Retro


Ellie
sidselliott@aol.com

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Ellie
sidselliott@aol.com

Over time, it really does become more about the journey and not the destination.

 

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