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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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One Foot in Front of the Other
Happy Birthday Mom!
I'd heard rumors that the area between Fish Lake and Crater Lake had bad mosquitoes. It seems to be true. I'm about 5 miles past Fish Lake, and there are billions of mosquitoes. To top it off, I seem to have lost my headnet somewhere in the last few days. DEET, liberally applied, keeps them from biting, but they still try to fly into my ears, nose, and mouth.
I didn't get a terribly early start, hitting the trail at 7AM. This morning's hiking was flat and boring again. It's tough keeping motivated through such stretches. I wish I had an MP3 player or something. After lunch, things got a bit more interesting. The trail crossed about 8 miles of basalt lava flows. This could have been very tedious and slow, the but the trail construction was great. There was a path on top of the boulders made of red volcanic cinder. Other than spotty shade, it was easy hiking with some nice views, especially of Mt. McLaughlin (the first big volcano north of Mt. Shasta).
I made pretty good time, getting to Highway 140 at 4:30PM. I could have taken a 1.5-mile detour to Fish Lake Resort, which has a small cafe and store. Instead, I decided to tackle the climb up into Sky Lakes Wilderness. Other than the sudden appearance of hordes of mosquitoes, it was an easy climb on a well-graded trail. Once again, there were no views, but at least it was shady. Near the top, I heard some crashing in the bushes and looked up to see a black bear galloping away (the first wild bear I’ve seen on the trip!).
I found a nice campsite and quickly set up the tent. After cooking dinner (fettuccini alfredo and canned chicken), I dove into the tent to eat in peace, out of range of the buzzing little monsters.
Today I passed the 2/3-done point at Mile 1776. I guess that's progress, but it still seems to be going slowly. I think I need to focus on the next few steps and not the end of the trail.
That's all folks,
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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