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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: Fri, May 15th, 2009
Start: Chamise Picnic Area on Silverwood Lake
End: Silverwood Lake Campground - 3485 ft
Daily Distance: 6.5
Trip Distance: 342.9
Hours Hiked: 2
Daily Ascent: 560
Daily Descent: 466
Min Elevation: 3340
Max Elevation: 3606
Entry Lat: 34.28416
Entry Lng: -117.34493
Min Temp: 55
Max Temp: 85
People Met: 7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 845
Journal Visits: 94,661
Guestbook Views: 34,232
Guestbook Entrys: 123

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Silverwood Lake

Silverwood Lake Campground

Good days and not so good days, we knew we'd have both.

Soon after we started this morning, Julie's blister let us know that we weren't going to get far. We went the 2 miles to a really nice picnic area, still along Silverwood Lake, and rested for a while. Her foot was aching so bad that it was getting to her stomach. We decided that the 13 miles to I-15 was out of the question so we walked over to the campground and checked into the hiker/biker area. We are planning to spend the day resting the feet, washing our clothes and taking a shower.

About mid-day, after 4 days of absolutely no problems, my eyes start watering like crazy and now they feel like they have sand in them. Great. Julie can't walk and I can't see. What a great hiking team we make. Later my sinuses get in the act also and I am sneezing my head off. I am definitely allergic to something down here and the smoke filled campground (from campfires) isn't helping. We have doctored up our feet and are wondering if Julie's foot pain is from the most recent blister or maybe something else. Walking up to the bathroom and back, without packs, was about all she could do. I'm not much help. Not only is my vision blurry because of the watery eyes, but I can't walk 30 yards without having a sneezing fit. We are going to try and get out of here tomorrow but I'm not sure how or to where. We'll maybe talk to one of the state park rangers in the morning and try to figure something out.

Going to sleep tonight listening to kids yelling, parents yelling at kids, motorhome generators, various pieces of mexican music and noisy drunk teenagers. No frogs, crickets, owls or other animals. They are much smarter the we are it seems.

Animal sitings: lizards, squirrels, rabbits

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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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