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

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Sep 5th, 2009
Start: Obsidian Falls
End: Sisters
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 1,642.3

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Cause and Effect

Awoke early, and got on the trail by 6:00am, with the idea that we would do a 28 mile day, getting us past a 16 mile water alert. The falls were beautiful and littered with jagged obsidian chunks. Moonlight guided us across our first stream crossing, then along out of the beautiful baby hemlock meadow at it's side.

Reached Minnie Scott Spring at about 10:30am, where the water just bubbles up out of the ground. Chatted with a nice lady there who had a big fluffy animal, doglike. This was the last water for a while, so we had to decide if we wanted to tank up for the water alert or not. Finally we decided we would try go into Sisters at the highway, only packing a liter. This way we could get to the REI in Bend and get Gino some sandals that would be more durable than the thin cheap Crocs he has been hiking on since 2pm yesterday afternoon.

The heavy morning mist turned to rain as we descended in elevation. Most of our gear was soaked immediately. All that was dry is our gear that is huddled in plastic trash bags in our packs.

We arrived at the highway, and there was a sign for trail magic at the trailhead! We found Okie Girl Camp, ran in from the rain and settled at her wonderfully dry canopy covered picnic table. Okie Girl emerged from her large luxuriant tent, offering us hot cocoa, snacks, and a ride to Sisters. Very nice lady. Turns out she is from Pasadena! We had some good conversation going down the mountain. She dropped us at the Sisters Inn. Told her to let CanaDoug know we were here and had an extra bed waiting for him.

Got settled in our room, each attending to our individual priorities. Lion Heart went and got beer and food, Gino showered and then unpacked the packs to dry everything out. Called Lloyd. He was 100 miles away filling a distant water cache at Windigo Pass, but said he could be here in a few hours. Wow, he is incredible!

Lion Heart brought back some Inversion IPA, potato wedges, and fried chicken. We enjoyed this all while watching First Blood in our warm and dry hotel room. Sweet!

Lloyd picked up Gino, and they popped into Bend in a jiffy. Gino returned with size 12 chacos, trekking thickness smart wool socks, and a smart wool liner sock. Mission accomplished. Thanks a million Lloyd!!!

When Gino returned CanaDoug was already there! He also wanted to come into town and dry out. Okie Girl gave him a ride too. A trip to the store netted him Kokanee lager, snacks, and he brought us delicious Haagen Daaz ice cream bars! Thanks!

The night was relaxed away as we ate deli sandwiches and chips and watched the Matrix Reloaded. "Cauuze and eeffect."

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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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