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Dwellmann - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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City: Redondo Beach
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Aug 23rd, 2009
Start: chinquapin viewpoint
End: highway 26, wapinitia pass
Daily Distance: 31.4
Trip Distance: 987.0

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Oregon Day 16

Today started off very cloudy and foggy. For the majority of this trip, the weather has been very sunny with barely a cloud in the sky. Today was the first day, I think, where it was totally overcast. Thankfully it burned off in an hour or two. My great vistas from yesterday were definitely gone today. The hike went by several big lakes, but with the exception of Lake Olallie, where there was a very nice view of Mt Jefferson, and a ridge near the end where there was a view of Mt Hood, today was view less.

The hiking went well. There were lots of day hikers today. In addition, I ran across a couple of thrus who were attempting a 54 mile day (they made it). However, several of the hours were spent walking in the dark. I think that when you're a thru, you become focused on getting to Canada. However, from my perspective, I'm there to see and experience. And I don't want to walk in the dark and miss the views (in the rare case where there are some in Oregon).

In any case, made it to Lake Olallie which has a store but was unfortunately closed. Sigh. In addition, passed several wonderful springs today, water just shooting out from the bottom of rock faces. Didn't have to treat today and never had to carry more than 1 liter. Wonderful.

I made it to US Hwy 26 at 7 and my guide book said there was a Chevron station 2 miles away. I was craving junk food, so I hoofed it. I lucking got there at 7:35 and they closed at 8. I would have been so sad to walk there and have the place closed. So I walked 31.4 trail miles today, but with the 2 mile walk to Chevron and an extra 2 miles due to stupidity on my part as to where the PCT was, I actually walked 37.4 miles. Boy am I tired!

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