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Miner - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
State: California
Country: U.S.A.
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 20th, 2009
Trip Distance: 1,094.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 556
Journal Visits: 86,965
Guestbook Views: 17,302
Guestbook Entrys: 23

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Pacific Crest Trail Map

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Lake Tahoe

Zero in Tahoe

Today was suppose to be a day off. But I had to walk to the Post Office (1.5 miles away) to retrieve 5 boxes. I took my empty pack to help carry it all. The plan was to take a bus back to the hotel after I got them. I was able to dump 3 boxes into my backpack and carried the remaining 2. As I was crossing the parking lot, a man called out and asked if I was a thru-hiker. He offered to take me back to my motel. He was the father of a hiker that I had met briefly at the Kickoff (BooBoo) who was doing trail magic while awaiting her to arrive in town (Thanks Magic Man).

Back at the hotel, I spent the day updating my journal and resting. Realizing I needed a haircut, I set out in search of a Barber. I found that either they were all closed or booked for the afternoon (I asked at Nail and Hair Salons also). Finally 1.5miles from the hotel, I found one that could take me if I wanted to wait 10minutes for the hair stylist to drive in from home. The last thing I wanted to do on my zero day was to walk several miles, but that is what I ended up doing.

When I got back I found that 4 other thru-hikers (Gino, Lionheart, Skywalker and Canadoug) had join us at the hotel thanks to Magic Man giving them rides off Echo Summit and telling them of the rate Miles and I had received here. That night, the 6 of us went to the Neveda side to eat at Harrahs Casino's All You Can Eat Buffet until late. While there, we met 2 more thru-hikers (Spiderwoman and Alex whom I met just north of Sonora Pass). This is the most thru-hikers that I've seen together since leaving Hiker Heaven in Aqua Dulce.

We got back late so I had a lot of things to do in the early morning if I'm going to leave by checkout. Otherwise, it will be an afternoon or a next day departure. My next stop should be Sierra City though I may stop at Pooh's Corner to check it out as I loved how it looked in Squatch's Walk Documentary Series.

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A Walk North On The PCT - 2009

One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.

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. Join the PCTA to support this trail.


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