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Begins: Jun 20, 2008
Date: Tue, Sep 2nd, 2008
Start: Kennedy Creek
End: Campsite by Vista Creek
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 2,539.8
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First time I remember having dreams when sleeping on this trip. I slept in until almost 7:00 a.m. The sound of the creek makes me sleep very good at night. Not too wet this morning considering I slept next too water. I thought I was seeing things when I looked up and saw blue skies. Could this be the end of hell weather?
The morning came with a steep climb out of Kennedy creek. I also noticed the frost on the leaves along the trail. Then I noticed the ground was frozen too. Good thing we didn't hike on for a better campsite because it would have been a very cold one. Ant Farm stopped and picked up something in a cloth case that was frozen solid. It was a fly fishing rod. We looked at each other and I told him pack it out. Maybe we will find the owner.
As we continued to hike we saw another bear. This one was much closer. It ran off before I could get a picture, which is a good thing that the bears are afraid of humans.
Took break around 10:00 a.m. near Fire Creek because the sun was out. Have to dry the gear out whenever the sun comes out. It may only be out for a little. Drying out the tent and sleeping bag makes a huge difference in warmth. After my gear was laid out the sun seemed to set. Did I just go through a time warp? Nope. The was still rising and was passing through a gap on the ridge. Ten minutes later it was out again. It got cold real fast without the sun.
Arrived at on the creeks where the bridge had been washed away. So far I was able to make it through all the creeks without fording. Ant Farm & Swiffer went upstream to look for a crossing while Cruzin and I started to build a rock crossing. It was a total waste of time, but it was fun. We tossed huge rocks into the creek to create a rock hop. Around halfway through the process I noticed Ant Farm & Swiffer on the other side of the creek. They had dry feet too. I probably got wetter from tossing the rocks than anything else.
There was only a few dozen or so blowdowns until near Vista creek. That is when the fun starts. Huge sections of land and trail are washed away. That is when Ant Farm ditched the fly rod to free up his hands. I joked about catching some fish for dinner at Stehekin, so I started carrying it. With just a little effort, one can easily go around. I climbed down backwards, which seemed to offer better balance.
It was a great day with the weather today and it was getting close to time for making camp. It was too good to be true, then of course it rained. Not too hard though.
Cruzin and I had hiked ahead and started making camp. I help gather firewood for the campfire we had talked about all day. Ant Farm, Swiffer, Cruzin & I sat around the campfire eating and drinking coffee until after 9:00 p.m. It was a great day today.
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