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Ginny "Circle" Benware
Begins: May 1, 2008
Date: Sun, Jun 8th, 2008
Daily Distance: 13
Trip Distance: 677.1
Entry Visits: 483
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Someone to talk to at Walker Pass
Great morning. I hiked down to the spring .1 down the road from the campground to get water and wash my clothes at the spring.
I got enough water to wash my hair at the campground since I wouldn't be anywhere for a shower for at least another 3 days, 8 days out of Tehachapi. It was nice to spend some liesurely hours.
I forgot to tell you that there were two young hikers who came in last night and stayed. It was wonderful to talk to someone. I pounced on them. I had only seen 2 people in the last 5 days and not camped with either. I was also able to copy their water report and databook pages for the miles to Kennedy Meadows.
Even with only half a day of hiking I got in some respectable miles. I do ask myself, what is a person as social as myself doing taking on a 2650 mile hike by herself? I haven't answerd the question yet. I will keep you posted. It has been a very lonely stretch compounded by the desert and losing my travel information.
I climbed Mt. Jenkins today. One side faces the desert - great views. It is named after a young man who died at age 27 and was one of the first people to scout the area and plan for the PCT. He provided a great amount of the natural history, geological, and cultural history informaton that is featured in the Wilderness Press PCT guidebooks on the trail. His friends and family perservered and were able to get the mountain named after him.
Tonight's stop was Joshua Springs. When I got there Driveby was there with a fire built to ward off mosquitoes and the warning that there was a bear in the are that is people friendly. I was going to camp near him but there were no flat spots.
Slo Ride came in followed by Shake n Bake. I set up camp near them by the water (animal haven), then Bayou arrived and camped between me and the water. I felt secure with safety in numbers.
When Shake came in she went barreling by us to tell of her sighting of a fox up on the ridge eating a squirrel. We do all get thrilled at the larger animal sightings.
Other than a blood curdling squeal in the middle of the night we were undisturbed by animal presence.
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