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Lion Heart and Ginonatt
City: Ukiah
State: Ca
Begins: Apr 20, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 7th, 2009
Start: Road
End: Big Bear Lake
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 257.9

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Looking back towards desert

Big Bear Hostel

Got up before 6am to beat some of the heat. It was cool at first but was hot in the sun. Even at over 8000 ft it was quite warm early in the day.

We made good time at first but as the morning wore on and it warmed up we slowed.

Hiked past some caged tigers and bears. Heard from another hiker these animals are used in movies. Like the tigers in Gladiator. It would have been startling to hike past those guys in the night.

We arrived at Onyx Summit near hwy 38 at a water cache. There were advertisements there enticing hikers to stay at a few places in Big Bear. One was for the hiker hostel in Big Bear Lake, not Big Bear City (just learned the difference today). Because we were about one day behind schedule to meet Phil for Section D, we decided to hitch into Big Bear from hwy 38. We got a ride quickly from a couple of guys with a pickup full of firewood. The 4 of us were crammed into the cab and they dropped us at the post office. This was the most amazing PO ever! Friendly and they took our photo for the PCT 2009 wall. Well, you can imagine how great we looked! Now our photo is on the wall of the PO. Eric sent his bounce box forward and our resupply box looked like it had been broken into again. Special postal tape all over it. And maybe the alcohol is missing?

Got a ride to the hostel from the owner. Checked in and found friends Reddy and Silver Fox. There are tons of hikers here and they keep rolling in. All the beds are filled. We had a big bbq dinner where everyone hung out together. The socializing still continues as all the beers in the frig disappear. This is a wonderful chance to meet other hikers. Some are hiking fast and we may not see them again. The hostel is great! Showers and laundry and we upgraded to a private room. It's like one big hiker community. Most likely we will stay another night.

The heat definitely seems to have an effect on our feet. A few new blisters have appeared and the feet are saying they are tired. Eric has lots of blisters because of his new shoes too.

Enjoying our relaxation here and tomorrow will be our first actual rest/zero day.

Revelation: You can hike slow and be hurting or you can hike fast and be hurting. Yep, faster is the ticket.

Sad to find out that Phil will not be able to join us for Section D. We'll make sure we get to hike together sometime!

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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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