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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 18th, 2009
Start: Rodriguez Spur Rd Tank
End: 3 miles N of Scissors Crossing - 2925 ft
Daily Distance: 11.8
Trip Distance: 82.4
Hours Hiked: 10
Daily Ascent: 1717
Daily Descent: 2460
Min Elevation: 2151
Max Elevation: 3667
Entry Lat: 33.1103
Entry Lng: -116.47523
Min Temp: 50
Max Temp: 89
People Met: 12

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 997
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Scissors crossing cache

Scissors Crossing

We decided to get an early start today to beat the heat. Up at 5:00 am and on the trail at 6:00. It was 6 miles from camp down out of the Laguna Mts to the desert floor and 3 miles across the Anza Borrego desert to Scissors Crossing. We arrived at 11:30 am and walked up to the highway junction to hitch a ride into Julian. Apparently we look like serial killers instead of the dirty, stinky thru hikers that we are. No ride after 45 minutes standing in the sun getting our thumbs sunburned. Oh well. Back to the water cache where we filled up with water. We also filled the water bottles.

Temperature was going up and our feet needed cooling off so we took a 3 hour break in a little bit of shade next to a bush. Around 4:00 the temperature had dropped from the high of 89 all the way down to 86 so we decided to go a few more miles. The climb into the San Felipe hills was all in the sun and very hot. We had been told of a couple of places where you could camp and we were wanting to shorten tomorrow's climb a little so we pressed on. There are at least 4 varieties of cactus here that we have not seen before. Large barrel shaped ones with yellow flowers on top; ones that are like a group of tall vertical sticks; and one that looks like a 9 foot tall stalk of asparagus. Really!

After 3 miles we came across a small side canyon that had filled in with sand making a nice level spot for our tent. Perfect! Set up camp at 5:45 pm, in the shade! It's now 7:15 and the temperature has dropped to 77 degrees.

Julie's feet are doing OK, still taking it easy so the blisters can heal. She is in the tent going through the food and getting tomorrow's items lined out. This has become an evening ritual which makes the next day go much easier. I'm sitting here composing this entry and a moth just flew up and hovered near a flower about 2 feet away from me. This thing flies just like a hummingbird but it's definitely a moth about 3 inches long. Pretty cool!

When I have time I will go back and add a few photos to the last few entries. When I do that I will let you know in a current entry.

Animal sitings: lizards, quail, hummingbirds, hummingbird moth

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Ron & Julie On The PCT - 2009

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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