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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
Begins: May 14, 2008
Date: Sun, Jul 20th, 2008
Trip Distance: 256.0
Entry Visits: 453
Journal Visits: 75,839
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We seem to be all better from our malaise of a couple days ago. We did nearly 28 miles today, so we're catching up some distance and days, and feeling pretty good.
Today's hike took us through tons of wildflowers. Lupine, Cat's Paw, Fireweed, Indian Paintbrush, Larkspur, you name it. About halfway through the day, we crossed Carson Pass, which has a state highway and a visitor's center. Since it was just starting to pour rain when we got to the Visitor's Center, we stopped in under their porch - and it was like they were waiting for us! They brought us apples and oranges (twice in two days, this is great!), gave us water, and chatted. Apparently this area is an internationally known wildflower area, and people from all over come to visit and hike here (though this year is only kind of average, apparently). I guess that explains why we thought there were so many flowers. We learned about all the different flowers here, cooked our lunch (those two freeze dried meals that John gave us earlier - I could've eaten four of them) and talked to the staff on the porch for about an hour, until it stopped raining.
A docent at the Visitor Center said he'd called the PCTA (PCT Trail Association), and the fire closures were all open at this point - that's a relief!
On our way into Carson Pass, a day hiker told us we looked too clean to be thru-hikers. Since we haven't showered in about a week, I'm sure we didn't smell too clean to be thru-hikers, but in any case, I guess we'll take that as a compliment.
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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