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SoloGirl - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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City: Minneapolis
State: Minnesota
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 26, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Apr 27th, 2009
Start: Lake Morena Campground
End: Burnt Ranch CG
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 42.0
Hours Hiked: 12
Min Elevation: 3000
Max Elevation: 6000
Min Temp: 32
Max Temp: 68
Breaks: 3
People Met: 10

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Manzanita Tree- pretty bark

Day 2- Bathroom Break

DETAILS: Woke at 6 am, started hiking 6:30, stopped hiking 6:30. Cool day- high 70.

GEAR: How are the Sandals working out? I'm pretty sure I'm going to trade in my sandals for my shoes when I get to my bounce box in Warner Springs (109 miles from the Border). The sandals have NO support, so my feet and calf muscles are working over time, I found a new muscle on the outer front of my lower leg- D says it's the anterior tibialis (sp?). My feet have no blisters, but I can tell I'm much slower in sandals than shoes- I'm averaging 2 miles/hour throughout the day. On the Wonderland Trail I did 2.8-3 miles/hour. Bandana is a must have! Skirt is lovely, perfect for quick peeing on the trail but when I sit for a break I'm afraid of flashing someone, so jury is still out on the skirt.

MY DAY: I was pretty tired last night and I'm having a rough time sleeping because my Ridgerest Thermarest doesn't give me much cushion. I'm having restless sleep and I'm cold at night- I keep sliding off the foam pad. So I woke this morning and looked at my watch- Holy Crap! It's 8 am!!! I better get going. I'm not a fast hiker so my plan it so walk long days to get my miles in. So I go to the bathroom and pack up and I'm hiking by 8:30. And EVERYBODY else is still sleeping. D hears me and says good-bye. I walk by AmericaCorps's tent and she's not roused at all. I'm sore, I'm exhausted, but I've got to get going. I see Cog and Lake Street starting out early too but they pass me. So I get down the trail and I look at my watch and it says it's almost 9 am, but it's not letting me get a temp reading for the morning- what's wrong with my watch?! Oh My Gawd!! It's on Minnesota time-mode!!! I switch to regular watch mode and realize it's freakin' 7 am!! I woke at 6 am!!! No wonder everybody was still sleeping. I kept walking and at 10 am I stopped and took a nap on the side of the trail. Eventually, D showed up with Hitchhiker (23 female). D stayed and Hitchiker kept walking. I had a hard day today. By 3 pm, I was dragging, and just focusing on walking- hust keep walking, just keeep walking (like Dora from Finding Nemo)...I pulled out my trail mix and ate while I hiked. Later when we stopped for dinner and D caught up with me (she stopped for a bathroom break) she says, "Were you eating trail mix with blue m&m's?" Yeah!!, I said She says, "I knew that was you! I'm walking up the trail and I'd see these blue m&m's every so often, but nothing else but blue m&m's" Drifter & FUBAR later say they saw them too. (I know I dropped more trail mix, so I have a theory that desert critters are frightened of blue m&m's, and eat everything else and leave the blue m&m's). We stopped for dinner at Long Creek Canyon (which means nothing to people who don't know the trail), which is 3 miles before where we camped at Burnt Ranch Campground. I was wiped by the end of the day, it was cold up at 6000 feet at Burnt Ranch, so I told D that she shouldn't be surprised if I get up in the middle of the night and move to sleep in the bathroom. She says, "Should we just make our camp in there?" Well, yes...why we should, what a great idea! That's how cool D is- what other chick would be game to sleep in the bathroom with me. (it was really clean and so warm at 65 degrees, with no wind). My sisters won't be surprised when I say that I'm cold- so very cold.

Other Hikers: I hike all day with D- she's becoming a fast friend. I worried about missing AmericaCorps. We were hoping to hike together, but I heard she was doing a short day. I hope to see her further down the trail. At camp were: Israel (female), Germany (female), Seattle (35 male), By the Book (55 male), Cog, Hemlock.

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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:


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