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Brianle - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 27, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 5th, 2008
End: Kennedy Meadows
Daily Distance: 9
Trip Distance: 711.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 952
Journal Visits: 153,387
Guestbook Views: 84,278
Guestbook Entrys: 155

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South Fork of the Kern river

Nero in Kennedy Meadows

This is just a quick placeholder entry as I don't have cell phone service here --- hence I can't post various entries I wrote the last couple of days. But I'm at Kennedy Meadows, about mile 702, happy, healthy, well fed. Well, I ate a pint of ice cream, so not all healthy in that way, but well fed anyway.

It's a blast here --- a lot of thru-hikers coming and going. I'm not sure yet when I'll leave, maybe sometime tomorrow (the 6th), maybe I'll even take a full day off tomorrow and leave on the 7th ... depends on how much I get done today. I'm typing this up in a big airstream trailer that a really nice guy rigged up with solar power and satellite internet connection with four laptops, and he just asks for donations to use it. K.M. has a lot of stuff like that. It's basically just a store, but they have outdoor showers (hot) for $ 2, you can sign up to use their washing machine, and they let you set up your tent on the premises, so everything is close.

I think everyone is a bit overwhelmed when they get their resupply package here --- I was. Lots of food, lots of added weight. I'm glad I'm planning on getting a resupply at Independence --- some folks plan to walk straight to VVR, about 10 days of food to carry (at least).

Last night mother nature pulled a bit of a fast one on me. I was all prepared for wind, but the wind died at night but there was dew in the morning. That then froze into ice crystals all over my sleeping bag. This happened to various other people, but the california sun soon makes that sort of thing all right again.

Nice walk to K.M., much of it along a branch of the Kern river. While not a huge river or anything, I think it's more flowing water than I've seen in the entire 700 miles, apart perhaps from a man-made aquaduct. This has an impact that it wouldn't otherwise have.

I hope to be able to upload various daily entries when I get to Independence, in something like a week or so. If not, it might be quite a while until I can post anything, likely the next possibility will be Mammoth Lakes in, dunno, maybe 2 - 3 weeks (?).

Bottom line is that I'm doing well, looking forward to the Sierras.

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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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