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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: May 14, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 15th, 2008
Trip Distance: 256.0
Entry Lat: 38.023349
Entry Lng: -119.520307

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 489
Journal Visits: 75,841
Guestbook Views: 18,638
Guestbook Entrys: 87

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the frog fairy helicopter

Hiking sucks!

We weren't on the trail long enough yesterday to realize this, but hiking is really hard! Brent's feet hurt, my shoulders are killing me. Overall, we really only did 21 miles today, but it felt like so much longer. The trail just went up and down, and up and down, here's a climb, there's a climb, everywhere a climb climb... Bleah! Combined with missing all the comforts of civilization and family, about all we wanted to do was turn around and hitch back to San Francisco.... We made a pact to at least make it to Sierra City before having any serious discussions about calling this whole thing off.

Here's a cool thing though: at one point today, we were passing a lake, and a helicopter came down really close to us. It didn't land for long; about 5 minutes later it took off again. Another hiker informed us that they were actually "stocking" the lake with endangered mountain yellow legged frogs (the ones we saw earlier on Muir pass). Apparently, the lake we were passing was one of the few that had never been stocked with trout, so it was safe to put the frogs in. Someone just hopped off the helicopter, dumped in a bag o' frogs and tadpoles, and hopped back in the helicopter again. A veritable Frog Fairy! We considered trying to hitch a ride back to civilzation on the helicopter, but thought better of it.

Camped right before Benson Lake Trail. Still no bears in Yosemite.


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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:


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