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City: Rancho Palos Verdes
Begins: May 9, 2009
Date: Tue, Sep 15th, 2009
Start: Stehekin/High Bridge
End: Fireweed Camp
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 2,587.0
Entry Visits: 778
Journal Visits: 136,353
Guestbook Views: 13,741
Guestbook Entrys: 183
The shelter's bed of rails was OK - it seems I have got used to sleeping on a variety of uneven surfaces. I got up late and took my time getting breakfast and packing what is now a very light pack.
I got the journals all up to date while waiting for the shuttle bus. Two other hikers arrived who I last saw in Snoqualmie. The bus was right on time and the three of us got on. When it reached the Ranch, lots more got on and it was a tight squeeze. Next stop was the bakery where the driver gave us 15 mins to get what we fancied. Us three hikers were the first to jump at the chance of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and many other bakery specials. They were delicious and I have never liked cinnamon - oh how I have changed. Then we got to Stehekin landing where the lake ferry stops. This place is so remote there isn't a road to it. You have to fly in on a float plane or take the ferry from Chelan at the other end of the lake. No cell phone service - the only phone in town is a satellite phone.
Imagine my surprise when I asked at the restaurant if there was wifi and it turned out there was but I had to use it outside on the deck. There were power outlets there so I got the battery charged and all the journals and all the pictures bar one sent out.
While the phone was transmitting I sorted out the food from my last supply box - you can bet that Ann is relieved her box stuffing and mailing part of this is now over. But I have to recognize her here for the fantastic job she did and because I could adapt as I went I never really got to the point some hikers reach where they simply can't take any more of the same food. They end up putting all their supplies in the hiker box and buying new supplies from the store just to get some variety. Ann was able to vary the contents regularly so I got some variety in my diet. Great job my dear and thanks for tolerating me doing this crazy stunt.
While on the recognition front, I should also thank my son Matthew for loading all the pictures onto the journal and for fixing all my typing errors (which I'm sure were many when my thumbs were so frozen I had lost almost all tactile feedback). He did a sterling job and I appreciate his enormous help and support.
It was a bit of a rush turnaround and I was back on the bus after just 75 mins in Stehekin. The trail continued up a very long canyon with Bridge Creek flowing through it. It was a nice trail despite the fact there is a 5000 ft climb out of Stehekin. But it's stretched out over 25 miles so it just seemed the normal roller coaster trail except there are longer ups than there are downs. I earmarked Fireweed campsite for overnight and made it there just before 7:00 pm. There were plenty of sites and I picked one where there was a nice bench to sit on and eat dinner.
A relatively easy day overall and I'm glad I got some connectivity to update you all.
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
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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