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Laura & Erik
Begins: May 19, 2008
Date: Mon, May 19th, 2008
Start: Mexican Border
End: Warner Springs
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 14.0
Entry Visits: 224
Journal Visits: 224
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Guestbook Entrys: 0
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Wowsa! The trail is more challenging than I can put into words! A heat wave has hit the desert- what terrible luck. We are at Warner Springs- we are going to leave later today to resume our hike. The weather forecast looks like temps are going to cool off- thank goodness!
We realized that we need more food to finish our journey. Erik and I have been sharing a cliff bar and one dinner. NOT enough calories to sufficiently hike 20+ miles in the hottest hellish weather in the country! We were nearly out of food at scissors crossing so we hitched into warner springs, skipping the last 30 miles of the trek. WE figure sometime we'll fly back and finish the section, maybe staying at Warner Hot springs to vacation!
Since we only have 3.5 months of hiking before Erik is expected back at work we may skip a few of the hottest blandest sections of desert so we can enjoy ourselves in the Sierras. We're not thru hiker puristsits, but for us its more about the journey than the destination. Whatever amount of miles we can get under our belts in each section, and however far north we can get without seriously trashing our bodies will satisfy our expectations!
Our favorite piece of gear has been the golite umbrella. Welove the desert in early morning, but especially at twilight-snset, when the pink and blue shadows scamper across the sky and the granite forms are illuminated by the new rising moon. Not to mention the relief of the setting sun and the cooling temps with nice breeze.
Hopefully we will finish our next chunk in good time with spirits high, lots of water and bellies full.
(and no more hitchike) We'll see = )
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