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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 19th, 2008
Start: Stehekin
End: Porcupine Creek
Daily Distance: 21.2
Trip Distance: 2,698.8

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Horse rider had to clear trail for horse

Stehekin to Porcupine Creek

The first bus was scheduled to leave at 8 a.m. so we slept-in and got up in time to have a leisurely breakfast, we asked our waitress if they could fix us a couple of sandwiches to go and they did.

On the bus, we stopped at the bakery again and this time I bought two giant croissants for dinner, a pesto one for me and dried tomato and vegetable one for Kerry. It was here that Skeeter and Tarzan got on the bus, having been offered a cabin for the night nearby. We all piled onto the bus again and at the next stop at the ranch, we picked up Eric who yo-yoed the PCT last year and was going to do it again this year. We had actually met him last year but naturally he didn’t remember our brief encounter. He seemed very nice. At the bridge, he headed south-bound, Tarzan and Skeeter were going to hike part of the trail along a road so we parted company and headed north on the trail. It was 9:25 a.m.

We walked steadily uphill and passed a pond where hundreds and hundreds of little frogs about an inch long, jumped over the path. There were so many it was hard to avoid stepping on them. After an hour or so, we caught up with Tarzan and Skeeter and we found out how Tarzan got his name. When it became clear we were going to pass them, Tarzan explained that he would scare away the wild animals that might harm us and he launched into a very good Tarzan “yell.” I thought we would see them again but we never did.

All day we hiked up toward Rainy Pass, a fairly gradual but good climb. Stehekin was at 1,600 feet and now we had climbed more than 5,000 feet. The wildflowers were becoming less profuse, more late summer flowers—daisies and pearly everlasting. We nibbled on salmon berries and saw several groups of grouse—these were extremely interesting to Cody who liked to flush them out of the bushes. Late in the afternoon, we met a father and his son near Rainy Pass and they told us that the forecast was for a 40 percent chance of snow above 5,000 feet. Since every forecast we had heard was for a chance of rain, and so far the weather had been ok, we didn’t make too much of this at the time.

Past Rainy Pass, we hiked on for several miles before stopping at Porcupine Creek. We had traveled 21.9 miles today—not bad for a late start! At Porcupine Creek we set up the tent since rain seemed imminent and I heated up water for some miso soup to go with our giant croissants. This is when we discovered that the stove had a problem—the fuel was not staying pressurized in the cylinder, requiring us to keep pumping it while the flame was on. This was going to be a problem for the remainder of the trip. We ate our food and then we climbed into bed, with Cody pulled inside the tent at our heads. It rained all night long!

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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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