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Fireweed - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 24, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Start: Mile 2204 Lava Flow
End: Mosquito Creek
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 641.3

Journal Stats
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Longest Day yet through Indian Heaven

There were A few patches of snow in Indian Heaven Wilderness. I went down to a beautiful little lake to camp at 4:30, but after sitting there for awhile, I decided to move on--I was feeling uncertain about the weather--the clouds were still moving fast overhead. It was higher in elevation and I wanted a warmer camp down lower. Mosquitoes were bad here--it was hard to take a break along the trail. I saw some guys on horseback who I found out later were doing the state of Washington, supported by their wives who would meet them on roads that they crossed.

I pressed on for a long downhill section out of Indian Heaven. I passed through the huckleberry fields which reminded me of Alaska. They were pretty picked over. It seemed to take forever to get to the camp at Mosquito Creek, which was all I could physically do--the next camp was several miles away. Lo and behold it was occupied by the same aggressive guy from the previous night's encounter. So I asked politely if I could share the site (something that he neglected to do the previous night) and he said "yes". It didn't seem like he wanted to talk, so I just set up my tent and made dinner--I got into camp around 8 PM. He left before I did the next morning. I am going out to Trout Lake tomorrow for a zero day and re-supply.

I was happy with my 2.5 mile pace and wondered if I could keep it up.

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