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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: Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Start: Trail #3717 (Divide Trail) Jct.
End: Mazama Village in Crater Lake N.P.
Daily Distance: 27.5
Trip Distance: 1,701.6

Journal Stats
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Guestbook Entrys: 23

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Near Devil's Peak

Mazama Village

Today I was Obsessed with reaching Crater Lake National Park and Mazama Villaage. There was an all you can eat resturant there and I wanted to make it by dinner. As a result, the scenery became secondary to me making big miles and a fast pace. The heatwave is over so other then my feet trouble, I had no excuse for not pushing. I got up while it was still dark and hiked along at first light using a flashlight for a short while.

I quickly made it up Devil's Peak and then loaded up on water in the creek as I headed down. Today would be another long stretch without water sources but at least it was cooler. Today, I ran into a lot of day hikers and some people heading out for an overnight fishing trip (once again the lakes are not actually on the PCT). I was to hike through a stretch called the Oregon Dessert only there are trees, just no above ground water. My right foot starting to cramp but I couldn't stretch it out. I should have stopped for 30minutes and rested it while doing more stretching but I wanted to eat good tonight so I ignored it. And I ended up pulling something on the bottom of my foot. But I still pushed on at a very fast pace. The miles came quicker then I can ever remember covering.

I arrived at Hwy 62 2 hours before the resturant closed (so why had I pushed so hard?). I walked the mile up the road and down the cross country route in Yogi's Guide and reached the resturant. I found Blue Eyes, Creamsicle, Old Ridgerunner, and Northern Strider already here. I joined them on the back patio. Latter Homeless, Not Phil and company showed up with Old Man (a girl) and Not Phil's Dad. Not Phil's dad had a campsite in the campground so we all ended up camping there. I picked up my resupply box from the store on the walk over there.

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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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