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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: Tue, Jul 27th, 2010
Start: spring below Sierra Buttes
End: Sierra City
Daily Distance: 9
Trip Distance: 1,073.2

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Day 73

We awoke before dawn and got to watch the sky brighten and the full moon peek thru the trees. Despite the elevation, the night was warm with some cloud cover. Thought there would be thunderstorms today, but they never materialized. We thought the hike down would go quickly, but we hit some tallus slopes that we had to traverse for a few miles. We crossed open slopes below the summit rocks of Sierra Buttes with wonderful views of the Sierras to the far south. As we contoured around the mountain, Sierra City came into view far below. It's a small town (pop <500). Looking down on the few buildings amid the pine trees, it looked like a Christmas card village, minus the snow. Eventually, we reached Highway 49. We walked down the highway to the town. The Red Moose welcomes thru hikers. We had a late breakfast and paid a very reasonable amount for a room. Most hikers camp in the back yard, but after 17 days of tent life, we wanted some private time! This stop is the end of the trail for us this year. Yeahbut's knee has been swollen and painful for the past 2 days, probably just from over-use. But that's just part of the reason. The trail has become more of a chore to hike than a joy. Whether we've lost our enthusiasm because of fatigue, or the type of hiking (mostly forested), or some other reason, it's time to stop. As I hiked down today, a quote from Thoreau's "On Walden Pond" kept repeating: "I left the woods for as good a reason as I came. It seemed I had not one but many lives to live." It's time to live another life. We don't know where or what we'll do next. Thanks to everyone for all your support, help, encouragement, friendship during our journey.

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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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