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Flippy
Begins: Jun 20, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 27th, 2008
Start: A couple of campsites
End: Cross a stream near a campsite
Daily Distance: 31.9
Trip Distance: 2,452.3

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Rainbow

Paying for the Lay-up

Subject: Paying for the Lay-up

Woke up to the sound of rain on my tent. No brainier, go back to sleep. Later I hear, Flippy are you up? I answered nope, and went back to sleep. Around 6:30 a.m. I hear rustling and they are packing up. In the rain. Not this puppy. After a quick pee I was back in my tent and didn't break camp until after 8:00 a.m.

I knew it was too good to be true with the weather. Since the short day yesterday, I had no choice but to make up the miles today. I'd sworn off 30+ mile days now, because I wanted to take it easy in my last state Tomorrow is steak night at the Dinsmore's at 6:00 p.m. No choice, do the miles.

I met a lot of hikers on the trail today, even with the bad weather and it being a weekday, very surprising. I met a couple hiking south, opposite direction of me, who was stopping to talk to the thru-hikers. I stopped to talk for a while, and they gave me updates on a couple hikers ahead. Throughout the day I ran into weekend & section hikers, some just starting out. I kept thinking to myself, why would anyone want to start out in this weather?

Hiking in the afternoon wasn't bad, mostly overcast and my feet where beginning to dry. A short lived fantasy. After a couple of swollen creek crossing they where drenched again. Then in the mist and fogs a ray of sunshine broke through for and a rainbow appeared. There is hope for this state yet.

I was nearing another creek around 6:00 p.m. When I noticed Neighbor, Chickety, Slider, JB, & Thrust setting up camp. A little to early for me, because it wasn't raining and there was still a few hours of daylight. Have to take it while it's there. Besides that would leave 25+ miles into town. Not my first choice, so I kept hiking.

It was getting dark & I was looking for the campsite. I heard something below & it was Travis making camp. He'd bushwhacked down into a spot that I wouldn't have camped in. He was in the process of setup his tent & I asked him if he wanted to hike with me to the campsite. The campsite was only about ten minutes up, and was fairly big. I setup my semi-wet tarptent, and tried to dry it out as much as possible with my bandana, before unloading my gear. First order was to change into warm dry clothes, and them I cooked while staying in my tent with the help of my umbrella. Travis eats cold meals, not stove. Don't know how he does it. So does Ant Farm, Swiffer, and Sarong. We talked from inside our tents for a bit.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2008

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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