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Miss Potatohead
City: Portland
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 27th, 2008
Start: 1437.6 Peavine Creek
End: 1456 Past Moosewood Creek
Daily Distance: 18.4
Trip Distance: 1,325.4

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O stands for overgrown

The campsite I found last night was tucked into a den of pine trees so dense that the light barely broke through. I had a later start than normal, which was actually really good because I've been feeling so tired & worn out lately. I think I could use a few consecutive zeros.... although town is so much more complicated that it's exhausting. Maybe a few on-trail zeros?

I spent the morning climbing through brush as tall as I am. I was basically feeling for the trail with my feet as I walked, blinded by the bushes. At one point I remembered that I'm in Section "O", which explains the brush: "O" stands for "overgrown"! (Mom's note: the PCT is divided into sections, for ease of finding the right portion of the maps & guidebooks. "Section hikers" are people who have chosen one or more sections to hike, instead of taking on the whole trail.) Finally I broke through the thickest of the brush and hit a long ridge section with views of Mt. Shasta in the smoke. The wildflowers on the ridge were beautiful. Now that I'm getting into the Cascade Range, I can recognize more of the plants, and there's so much more variety, especially in the understory vegetation. It makes me feel very at home.

The ridge was really a pleasant walk, all shaded but with awesome views out. By dinner time, I had reached Moosehead Springs, so I stopped to cook. The spring water tasted great & it was a really pretty area. Energized by my dinner, I kept at it for another 5 miles, climbing approximately 500 more feet to the section's high point at a ridge road, then descending to another set of dirt roads to camp. On the ridge top, I met my first true southbounder, one who began in Washington and is aiming for Mexico. He gave me all of the scoop on what was to come, but on hearing I planned a zero day in Etna, he suggested I take two--how depressing to learn I look as tired as I feel!

I camped on a dirt road that looked like it had had no traffic for a few years. I tucked myself under a bush, and exhausted, fell asleep quickly. In the middle of the night I woke up to a lot of noise--hooves? or trekking poles? I couldn't tell, but I didn't see a headlamp, so I laid back down and curled into my sleeping bag cozily to go back to sleep. All of a sudden I heard a crashing in the bush behind my head and the next thing I knew, a deer was leaping over my head-CRAZY! Thoroughly having an adrenaline rush, I tried to ignore this odd & scary occurrance, but I had trouble getting back to sleep for at least an hour.

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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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