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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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Cows Gone Wild
We went past our intended camp tonight and ended up making do in a poor spot in the bushes. Lucky, Milky, Gadget, and Cliff are all here.
I was first out of camp this morning at about 5:45AM. Most of the crew passed me a few hours, though, while I was talking to Bb (finally got a cell signal). I didn't sleep very well last night. The cows were having an all-night party at Alex Hole. They came into camp around dusk and grazed in the meadow above the spring. That was fine, except they all had cow bells. Very LOUD cowbells. Gadget got up and shooed them out a few times, but they were stubborn and came right back. So we got a chorus of loud clanking all night. [There must be a Far Side cartoon in there somewhere... No, wait... Cows Gone Wild -Bb]
Somewhere between 9AM and 10AM, we made it to the Oregon border! Yay! I love California, but 1,700 miles is a long time to hike in one state. We stopped for photos and a short celebration, then kept trucking up the trail.
The views hadn't really improved. Shasta was still hidden by smoke, but Mt. Ashland, just up the trail, was getting closer and closer. At about 12:30PM, I stopped for lunch and a nap while the rest kept going. I didn't think I'd see them until evening, but at about 3PM I found the gang relaxed in the shade on a nice saddle. I quickly discovered the reason...there were two coolers full of beer and soda left for PCT hikers! I had a Mountain Dew, followed by some sort of orange soda.
We were planning to camp for the night at the Mt. Ashland campground, a short hike off the trail. Somehow, though, all four of us misread the map and hiked past the road to the campground. By the time we discovered the mistake, nobody wanted to backtrack. We pushed on to the next water source, a spigot below the Mt. Ashland Inn. Camping in this area is very poor, but it was too far to make it to town before dark. Finally, we settled in a not-too-level spot in the bushes. There's not enough room to set up a tent, but there aren't many bugs tonight.
Tomorrow it's a short hike down to the highway where Dad is meeting me. That's the latest from the trail,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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