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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
Begins: May 14, 2008
Date: Tue, Jun 10th, 2008
Start: The Andersons
Trip Distance: 169.0
Entry Visits: 501
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We encountered what PCTers call "Town Suck" today. That backwards pull of all the creature comforts of town, pulling you back from the trail. Man, it was tough leaving the trail angel vortex... We finally pulled ourselves together about 10am and the Andersons drove us back to the trailhead, after of course, eating coupious amounts of breakfast burritos.
It was hot, and windy, but the terrain is definitely starting to change - we're seeing more and more pockets of pine trees among the desert scrub. Coulter pines with really big pine cones - like 10 inches long and weighing 5 pounds! Don't want one of those puppies to fall on you while you're sleeping!
Just at nightfall, we crossed the 500 mile mark. Very exciting! At least, it was exciting until we realized that that's less than a fifth of what we have to walk... But still, 500 miles seems like a lot right now.
When it came time to camp, we found a sheltered spot out of the howling wind beneath a section of pine trees. We scanned thoroughly for the aforementioned pine cones dangling from above, of course. There must have been at least a foot of pine needles on the ground - it was almost better than sleeping on a mattress, it was so soft.
Pacific Crest Trail - 2008
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: www.pcta.org
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