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Begins: Apr 26, 2009
Date: Sun, Apr 26th, 2009
Start: Lake Morena Kick off day
Trip Distance: 21.0
Hours Hiked: 9.5
Min Elevation: 2200
Max Elevation: 3500
Min Temp: 27
Max Temp: 67
People Met: 15
Entry Visits: 3,148
Journal Visits: 162,644
Guestbook Views: 48,592
Guestbook Entrys: 194
Day 1- Kat is on her way!!!!- UPDATED
Denise and Mel are taking over Kat's blog.....hahahahahaha. We dropped her off yesterday at Lake Morena. She is signed in and ready to go. Here are some pics from the start of her adventure. It was sad to leave her there with all those hot hikers but we had to get home to our mojito's and jacuzzi.
We haven't been successful with getting the pics posted on here. Keep checking back. We'll figure it out and get them posted as soon as we can.
Well, attempted the photo upload again today. Success with only 1. Not really sure why these won't upload??
DAY 1- Kat's journal entry:
Details: Start at Lake Morena campground, caught ride to Border. Woke at 5:30 am to 27degreesF, started hiking at 7 am from the Border. Walked back to Lake Morena campground by 4:30 pm, 21 miles, temps cool and didn't get above 67F. FOOD: Breakfast: AZDPCTKO volunteers cooked us breakfast, trail mix on for lunch, chili dinner by trail angels at Lake Morena CG. I ate some trail mix around noon, but I couldn't stomach it- yuck. By 3 pm, I was devouring that stuff like it was lobster!
Other Hikers: I caught a ride to Border with Boots (46 male), Rhino (45 male), & Far East (36 female). I started the Solo/Single Girls PCT club. Original members are D (27 female), AmericaCorps (25 female), Far East and me (36 female). We are all solo chicks hiking the PCT and I met them all today. I met other hikers: FUBAR (32 male), Drifter (28 male), Hemlock (23 male), Cog (62 male), 4Cheese(27 male), Sailor (38 female), BabyFace(25 male). This is a big group that I met who started on the Border today with me and slept at Lake Morena.
MY DAY: I was FREEZING last night and this morning. Woke to 27 degrees and frost on my bivy. I was anxious to get hiking, but didn't realize that AZDPCTKO volunteers were cooking us breakfast. A volunteer gave us a ride to the border and Border Patrol is CRAZY! They are everywhere. Most hikers I talk to say it's such a colossal waste of resources. I hiked right away with AmericCorps, she's a great solo chick. I loved talking with her and it was nice to hike and talk about what brings us out here. I have a feeling she'll be a great friend on the trail. We get along great. I also would leapfrog other hikers on the trail, like Far East who just finished 7 years in Japan- she's a fast strong hiker and was leading our pack of hikers. I met D- who is crazy!! She's a character- she hikes with a hockey stick and a trucker hat that says "Wild Party Girls". Her pack weighs, like 70 lbs, but she's strong and fast too. While walking with AmericaCorps and Far East, we joked about writing the Solo Girl's Guide to Hiking the PCT and step 1/chapter 1/lesson 1 would be: "How to break it to your mother that you are hiking the PCT." All the solo gilr hikers have stories of people who are so scared for them back home- mainly our mothers, but our fathers and friends too. I didn't really expect to 20 miles on my first day, but everybody does it, and it's a supported day since we can "slack pack" it (meaning: we could leave our packs or most our gear at camp since we were walking back there). It was a great day on the trail- very dry. And when we got back to Lake Morena CG we got to spend time with each other. There were still campers from the PCT Class of 2008 there and they were drinking and having a good time. I'm trying to get into a nightly routine of brushing, flossing, 10 push-ups and hitting my SPOT button. So I told the gang, "Don't laugh, but I'm going to do 10 push-ups now." Instead of laughing, they joined me!! It was Hemlock, D, FUBAR, Drifter and I doing 10 push-ups at our campsite- That's just how cool these people are. D pulled out her scattagories game (Hemlock called her "K-Mart" for all the randome stuff she pulled out of her pack). The hikers joked about ways to help the "illegals" crossing the border, like trying to share water and giving tips about how to look like a PCT hiker. Hemlock is funny, we devised a new service to PCT hikers and Mexicans: PCT Hikers would take their packs to the border and give them to a Mexican trying to cross- that way Border Patrol will think the Mexicans are PCT hikers and PCT Hikers don't have to carry their packs- it's TOTALLY a win-win situation!! I went to bed at 8 pm, and so did most in our group. But we heard the Class of 2008 say, "Who wants Puerto Rico moonshine?!" and then 20 minutes later we all heard someone puking!! Good times all around.
SoloGirl's Guide To The PCT
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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