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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: Sat, Jul 17th, 2010
Start: Old Station
End: Lower Twin Lake, Lassen Natl Park
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 905.7

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Mt Lassen

Day 63

Hard to get an early start when fresh coffee, french toast, and fruit are laid before one. So we left our angel's home around 9:30. We hiked back down to the trailhead at the Hat Creek Resort with a couple we met yesterday who are northbound. After a brief pause to have a cold drink, we were off and sweating! Our hostess told us yesterday that temps in Redding had been running between 113-115; no wonder we set new sweat records up on the Hat Creek Rim! We hiked today uphill across a series of logging roads that ran horizontally. We eventually rose up to brushy hillside with views of a much closer Mt Lassen. Shortly after that, we entered Mt Lassen National Park. We haven't had another view of the mountain since! We ran into Crowdog, a hiker we haven't seen since southern Ca. Like all the others who have survived the Sierras, he's lost weight but otherwise looks strong. He's recovering from a bout of giardia. We lunched at 6000 ft at a creek a little off trail. So nice not to have to worry about water! It seemed like we were finally back in some mountains. It's still dry in the forests (lava doesn't allow water to accumulate on the surface), but there are grasses and some wildflowers. Confession of a thru hiker: I am paranoid...they really are out to get me. The mosquitos have found me. The mosquitos aren't probably as bad as they'll get yet. There were sections of forest where they were pretty bothersome. Picture me and Yeahbut nearly jogging with our packs up the trail, randomly hitting ourselves. Once in a while, Yeahbut (who was behind me) would shout 'left leg, above knee!' and I would just about trip myself with my hiking poles trying to swat my left leg while running. Yes, nature is wonderful! We're camped at a pretty lake, picked because there was a bit of a wind to confuse the mossies. A herd of deer have come thru several times, apparently fascinated by the taste of Yeahbut's urine. We've shoo'd them away, but they persist. Goodnight all!

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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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