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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 1, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Aug 21st, 2003
Start: Creeklet
End: Obsidian Falls
Daily Distance: 10.3
Trip Distance: 234.1

Journal Stats
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South Sister

Creek to Obsidian Falls

Increasingly now, our travels took us through fields of the detritus of geologically recent volcano activity. We passed through red pumice and gray pumice, through browns and charcoals and black. We were privileged to see the lovely Obsidian Falls and wade in the painfully icy waters of Obsidian Creek. As day wore on the smoke kept closing in on us. It was by Obsidian Creek that we had our first encounter with Billy Goat and his travel partner at the time, Trail Dad. We stopped and chatted with them and eventually Trail Dad asked us if we had trail names (we don’t) but it was very hot and without batting an eye, Kerry said, “Yes, it’s Ice Cold Beer.” So much for trail humor, Trail Dad was not amused. We didn’t know then that Billy Goat is a famous PCT traveler and has since been written about in such august journals as the LA Times.

On this, our last night, we stayed at Glacier Creek and rested for the afternoon by the creek under the shadow of Middle Sister to the south. We stayed, reluctant to move on in the smoke and watched as our world closed in. Smoke gradually took the distant mountains and then the nearby mountains and protuberances faded to white. We weren’t worried, because we had learned the fire was well to the north, but it did place a heaviness on our spirits. I remembered how I had hoped that we would be spared the rain, and now irrationally, I wondered if my wish had somehow been responsible for the fire.

In the night, Kerry awoke with a frog on his head. I thought that was odd. Of course there were frogs about, although we had not seen many in this location, but of all the places a frog could go, why would it land on his head?

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Confessions Of A Serial Hiker

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:


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