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Riv&Dan - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Rivka & Dan (aka Cactus & Blackfoot)
City: Rochester
State: New York
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 7, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 8th, 2008
Start: 0.7 mi past Chimney Rock
End: Buck Lake
Daily Distance: 26
Trip Distance: 769.4
Hours Hiked: 10
Min Elevation: 2900
Max Elevation: 5955
Min Temp: 45
Max Temp: 70
Breaks: 2
People Met: 0

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Middle Fork Feather River

Day 51: to Buck Lake

We made ten miles before breakfast, on just a snickers bar, but a big one, through towering forests and down a long steep descent to a very mighty river. I'd hoped to take a dip in the river, but it looked too strong and rocky.
On the way down to the river we met a group of four people doing trail maintenance and thanked them repeatedly. Most of the trail is maintained by volunteers, which for over 2,600 miles of trail that is pretty amazing to us.
Because we went down, we had to go up, and the up was grim and grueling, and 7 miles long. I lost my sunglasses because they were tucked on my shirt instead of on my face. We were in forest. At least it wasn't sunny. But it was long enough to turn from grim to grumpy. I got blisters on my feet again, on the heels. Why now when we have to make almost 30 miles and have all this up and up and up and up to deal with besides?
We took a break at a spring surrounded by flowering dogwoods. That's enough to remove the grump from almost anybody, and most of the climb was done. I triple washed and triple bandaged my feet - first nu-skin, then a blister bandaid, then double rows of duct tape. It held well enough on the left foot, but not the right. The right hurt. But not too bad. We were getting closer and closer to a dip in Buck lake, and dinner, and supplies. We decided not to get our hopes up - we'd be happy with the dip in the Lake. We took a one mile shortcut to make sure we'd get to the lodge at Buck Lake before they closed.
But when we got there, we found the general store open, and they called over to the lodge, and the restaurant would serve until 8, and it was only 6. We walked 26 miles long before dark. So we got a campsite at the campground, and they let us stay for free, and we took a dip in the lake, and had dinner(Lou and Becca, the proprietors, are very nice), and they have internet! Everything we could hope for....

Songs in Head: Spunky harp tune, The Raven, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Jacobs Bellows Sombody and Jacobs.

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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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