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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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Brrr!!! (again). It was really cold this morning. I was forced out of bed at 5:45AM to answer a nature call. There was 2 inches of slushy ice in the top of my water bottles, and my fingers went numb packing up the tent. As soon as the sun hit at about 7AM, I was peeling layers off to keep cool.
After the trail left Arrastre Creek, the remaining miles to town were through drier sage and juniper. The hiking was pretty easy, and I got to Highway 18 before 10AM. It is 5 miles into town from the trail and a bit dangerous to walk along the highway because of narrow shoulders and high traffic speed. I stood by the wide spot near the trail wearing my least stinky clothes and holding up my orange bandana with "Hiker to Town" printed on one side. It took about 15 minutes and 10 cars to get a ride. The owner of Thelma's Diner - a restaurant of high repute - gave me a lift to the doorstep of the Nature's Inn in Big Bear City.
I'm checked into a raccoon-themed room, and I've already had a long, hot shower. And I made the 3/4-mile trek to Thelma's for lunch.
Big Bear City is not as neat and clean a touristy mountain town as Idyllwild, but it has lots of character (and characters) and all the services a hiker would need. This afternoon I have planned a strenuous regime of napping and eating.
Still having fun, but missing everyone at home,
Martin "Lei Low"
Tales From The Crest
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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