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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: Thu, Oct 2nd, 2008
Start: Crag Creek
End: Kennedy Meadows
Daily Distance: 7.5
Trip Distance: 1,802.3
Hours Hiked: 3
Min Elevation: 6020
Max Elevation: 6810
Min Temp: 50
Max Temp: 75
Breaks: 0
People Met: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,395
Journal Visits: 81,315
Guestbook Views: 8,083
Guestbook Entrys: 105

Gear list

Pacific Crest Trail Map

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Dan is resigned, Riv deranged at the ending of the trip

Day 118: THE LAST DAY to Kennedy Meadows again

WE ARE DONE!!!! Rather than go into all the gory details of our final steps on the trail, Dan's blubbering tears, etc, here's a summing up:

Total Miles Hiked: 1,802.3
Total miles paddled: 468
Consecutive Days withouth sleeping in a bed: 28
Consecutive Days without stopping in town: 7
Favorite Town: Etna
Worst Town: Anza

Things We Will Miss:
Sleeping under the stars somewhere new every night
Meadows ringed by mountains
Deer who aren't so much tame as unthreatened
Mountain stream water
Trail comraderie
The wind in the trees
Trees! Jeffrey Pines and California Junipers especially
Iron ass
Cleaning pots with only your thumb and water (Dan)
Not working
Zero days

Thing We Won't Miss:
Sore feet
The rash from my nylon pants (Riv)
Walking behind Riv after lentils for dinner
Sleeping in a tent with Dan after Top Ramen for lunch
Smelling like a dead animal
Climbing out of town with a full pack
Sleeping in a sleeping bag when its cold out
Tuna (Riv)
Top Ramen noodles (Dan)
Swamp ass
The freezing cold bathing required to avoid swamp ass
Squatting over a cathole
Cleaning pots with your thumb (Riv)
Orifice Flies

People We'd to Thank:
Greg Senecal, Dennis Porter, and Mark Tayrien for letting us go
Ma & Pa Noll for picking us up (this may be revoked after several days cooped up in the car)
Cindy, Lydia, Jen, and Ginevra for cookies, and Pa Campbell for maple syrup
Jen & Betsy for food and map support
Molly and Grandma and everyone else who signed for their support in the Guestbook
Ma Campbell for keeping the book
Turtle Don & Pat, Brenda, and Indiana Red & SloJo for their transportation help during the FlipFlop
Donna Saufley, the Andersons, and Georgi for opening their homes to us dirty hikers
Misc. Kind Strangers who gave us hitches

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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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