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City: Mill Valley
State: CA
Country: US
Begins: May 1, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Aug 15th, 2009
End: Etna
Daily Distance: 6
Trip Distance: 1,594.0
Daily Ascent: 500
Daily Descent: 1000
Min Elevation: 5950
Max Elevation: 6950

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 244
Journal Visits: 45,202
Guestbook Views: 3,648
Guestbook Entrys: 47

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Leaving the Trinity Alps


Got up fairly early and did not cook any breakfast so I could get into Etna quicker. When I got to the road, I realized that although it was Saturday morning ... This was going to be a tough hitch.

After making my sign, I waited 20 minutes for the first car to come by and he stopped. The ride was 15 miles down into Etna and the guy giving me a ride had a geology background and was very knowledgable about the mountain formation in the area.

The Hiker's Hut is where my resupply box was located. It was a very nice one room building in the yard of a bed and breakfast- with all the typical trail angel amenities. The town was dead because the County Fair was going on ... but the old small town country western fascades were great nonetheless. Another great trail town. I had lunch/dinner at the local brewery ... tried all of their beers.

Only one other hiker was present at the hut - Turtle Don. Turtle was doing only 60 more miles this season before ending. He is a section hiker that started in Belden Town. He has two more years after this one to finish the entire trail. Turtle Don is very similar to all of us hikers except for one small thing. He only does 12 miles a day - about half of what typical hikers do. Turtle Don started the PCT 3 years ago at the age of 72. He is now 75.

It was a real inspiration watching a 75 year old man sling a 40 lb pack onto his back and walk the trail. Not a word about being sore, or tired, or old, or slow. Just about the miles ahead - and the possibility that when done with PCT he may do the CDT (he did the entire AT in one season at age 70).

Thanks Turtle Don for reminding all of us that staying young is about attitude and activity. Keep on hiking my friend!

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