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Ellen S - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Elderly Ellen
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Apr 20, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 13th, 2010
Start: 1 mile beyond Deep Creek Hot Springs
End: Silverwood Lake
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 335.6

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Mojave dam

Day 25

We felt better than I thought we would after a long day, and a night in a marginal campsite (level only in our dreams!). There was alot of grafitti tagging any rock larger than a microwave. Deep Creek is a beautiful canyon, with cascading water, still pools to soak in, high canyon walls. It was sad to see it so defaced. One could see where someone had tried to paint over them, but everything had been retagged. The creek had water flow more like 3 times Oak Creek Canyon. Trail stayed high above creek. The drainage ended at the Mojave Dam. Yeahbut and I striped to cross creek that was groin deep. It must have been quite a sight: 2 older folks, out in the open near the spillway of the dam, darn sight naked! We followed a creek upstream to a highway crossing. A bit of trail magic awaited us there. A woman pastor from Hesperia had set up chairs in the shade and was making rootbeer or orange floats for passing hikers. The cool, sweet float was just what we needed to get thru a warm, dusty day of hiking. What a wonderful surprise, and what a generous gesture! We spent the next few hours circling the valley via hillside trail. The desert bloom is fading, but these hills were still covered in blossoms and lovely to see. Someone once told me that northern Az was covered with grasses that came up to the stirrups on a saddle a century ago. I could never picture it until today, when we walked thru ripening grasslands, with stalks up to my chest...fantastic! We dropped down to another dam (Cedar) then climbed over hills to reach Silverwood Lake. As I was hiking, a lizard darted across the trail, narrowly missing my footfall. Immediately after, a snake darted between my legs (?racer) in hot persuit! Think the lizard got away. A final bit of trail magic. We arrived at Silverwood Lake with no clue of where we could camp, and no signage/personnel to help. A couple in a car that we flagged down not only gave us info, but then loaded us in their car to get us to camp. We sat chatting with another thru-hiking couple. After about 45 minutes, the couple in the car came back, loaded with cheeseburgers and sodas for us to eat! I am astounded at their thoughtfulness. This was yet another long day. We've covered about 63 miles in 3 days. My feet hurt, but I'm sleeping great!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2010

Elderly Ellen and YeahBut
'The miracle isn't that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start.' John (the Penguin) Bingham


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