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Rachel & Aaron
City: Irving
State: Texas
Country: USA
Begins: May 11, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 20th, 2010
Start: Julian
End: third gate cache
Daily Distance: 12.2
Trip Distance: 91.2

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Hiking up into the San Felipe Hills

Back in the Saddle

We partook of the "continental plus" breakfast at the Julian Lodge for the third and final time this morning. Over mini croissants Aaron hinted like mad while visiting with an elderly couple at the next table that we could really use a ride to the trailhead. Nothing came of it so we found ourselves again at the side of the road trying to look cheerful and harmless with our thumbs out. Thank goodness Marty, our own personal trail angel, stopped and loaded our packs in her trunk and went 20+ miles out of her way to take us back to Scissors Crossing. Marty is retired and has two grown kids. She is very active in Julian and we enjoyed hearing about the new community garden she had been working in this morning and a recent informational meeting about the PCT she had organized as a member of the board of the friends of the library. Thank you, Marty, for your generosity and warmth and especially for the big hug which sent us off at the trailhead with happy hearts.
We climbed quite a bit today and with the mileage came the aches and pains you have already heard about. We saw an even greater variety of new cacti, some big and round, some tall and spindly with flowers, all larger than life. It is odd to be in foothills with desert flora.
Our goal was the third gate cache which is in the middle of nowhere high on a ridge. The "gate" is a pipe gate which must have been originally designed to keep livestock in or out or to keep ATVs off the trail, we're not sure which. Whomever stocks this cache goes to a lot of trouble to do so and it is much appreciated.
We tried and tried to get our tarp pitched but the wind is strong up here and the ground hard. So we will cowboy camp in the open air. We are bundled up and Aaron is making us an MRE for dinner (Thanks Jason and Molly!!). It will be cold tonight but this will be our first chance to properly stargaze since we've been out here (usually by the time they are really out we are snuggled away in our tent).
Ran into 4 thru-hikers at the cache! It was fun chatting with them and comparing notes. They went on ahead to do some night hiking. We were ready to be off our feet.
We have a half-moon, gorgeous stars, and a warm meal. All is well. Until tomorrow!!

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Aaron & Rachel

 

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