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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: Sun, Aug 15th, 2010
Trip Distance: 1,073.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,542
Journal Visits: 75,189
Guestbook Views: 6,297
Guestbook Entrys: 120

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Final Thoughts

I think about the trail every day. I miss seeing the sights, each different and special. I miss seeing the sky lit up with stars at night. I am still hopeful that we'll be back out there another year.

We made the right decision to leave the trail. Yeahbut's knee is still bothering him; he's been unable to do any significant walking since we got off the trail. Instead, we've filled the time with road trips. We spent the past few days on the N. Rim of the Grand Canyon, exploring by truck some of the back roads. It's been beautiful weather at that altitude. The forests and meadows were lovely. It brought back memories of our AZT hiking up there in 2009.

Yeahbut will continue to edit our trip photos. This process takes a looooong time. Please be patient! I'll post them whenever he is satisfied with the results.

What have I learned from our months on the trail? I've learned that there are no easy days...that there are endless ups and downs, trail that is clogged with brush or downed trees or snow. That it is possible to spend an entire day contouring around a ridge/hill with one leg perpetually uphill from the other. That the weather will surprise when you think you will get an easy day. That mosquitos and other annoying pests will pester you when you think you will get an easy day. That (as Daylate has told me) bathing is over-rated. In fact, many of the things we think we need or should have each day are really not that important. That flexibility is so important in dealing with all the little problems. That the people one meets on and off the trail are special, wonderful individuals.

I begin to belive it is no typing error that so many journal entries refer to the 'trail' as the 'trial'.

Would we do anything different? As our hike progressed, we were able to drop 1-2 pounds off our pack weights. This was done mostly by taking out clothing that we weren't wearing everyday, and removing most toiletry items (even sunscreen seemed unnecessary after a while). What we had left were items we used. We probably could have gone stove-less in the warmer sections of the hike. We found that on long days, we really didn't care if we had a hot meal; something we could munch on in the tent before going to sleep was just fine. We were glad we took a tent, both for weather and the bugs. We added in a protein powder to our food, as well as some protein bars; both seemed to boost the calories and help our energy levels. The water filter worked well in S. Ca. and Aqua Mira in N Ca. We were less cautious with water purification as time went on. The only time one of us got sick, we were religiously treating our water...go figure! Maybe it was just poor hygiene.

Despite all the difficulties of the trail, our love of wilderness adventures is still intact. You would think after all those miles, we'd be ready for a break! But I find myself plotting our next adventures...

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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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