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

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 29th, 2004
Start: Sonora Pass
End: Wolf Creek
Daily Distance: 22.4
Trip Distance: 621.6

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Rock with a Hawk, Cody and Jo

Sonora Pass to Wolf Creek

Our friend Susan Weichhart dropped us off at Sonora Pass and we headed out at 7:50 a.m.—Kerry, Cody (our 10 month-old puppy) and I. This was Cody’s first trip and he was amazing. Within the hour, he caught (and would have killed, without our intervention) a chipmunk and a squirrel. I didn’t think a dog could move that fast, and Cody did so carrying a doggie pack laden with his own food. All day long, he was constantly looking for animals that moved fast to chase. In fairness, he was very young, within two or three trips he learned the etiquette of staying with his pack (us); to be calm and not chase things and in short order he became and excellent trail dog.

When we came to streams we would tell him to “take a drink” and he quickly learned to do that when water was available. Our first night out, he slept just outside the net door of the tent and never stirred until first light when he became alert and started to growl and bark at something in the hills beside us. We thought it must be a bear or cat to disturb him so. Whatever it was, we never knew because he warned it off. We have heard that bears don’t bother people with dogs—they don’t like them. It made me ponder the wild life all around us in the wilderness, hidden from our sight but still so immediately accessible by smell and sound to our domesticated puppy!

As we climbed the mountain North of Sonora Pass we came to a high point where three young falcons perched and frolicked in the wind. The days on the trail always give us special gifts like this—a bird on the wind, a rare butterfly or flower or cloud in the sky.

We stayed on one of the Wolf Creek Forks that first night. There were a couple of men camping nearby whom we never really got close enough to acknowledge other than with a wave when leaving. I gave Cody two baby aspirin to take that night, a little worried he might be sore after so much exercise, but he seemed lively enough the next morning—quite anxious to chase some more squirrels and chipmunks! I, on the other hand, suffered from nausea, headache and sleepiness due to the altitude sickness that always seems to overcome me in the initial days of these trips. It is always worst the first day, tapering off with day two being bearable and no affects at all by day four. I think Kerry finds my initial drowsiness and slowness a bit frustrating because he always hits the trail running!

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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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