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Begins: Apr 27, 2010
Date: Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Start: Manning Park BC
End: Monument 78 US Border
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 446.0
Entry Visits: 383
Journal Visits: 18,325
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
Today is another milestone as I got on the trail from the north end. Arrived by Greyhound at Manning Park by 11:15. Tried to ask a few questions of employees but they knew little of what was going on with people hiking the PCT. I finally got someone to give directions to the trailhead. They were vague at best and I used a couple of maps to get me on the right track.
Critter Watch: Going to the trail head I saw a nice buck and it still had it's velvet showing on the rack. Yesterday the was a Big Horn Sheep standing in the middle and a medium sized black bear standing off the shoulder of the road. It's hard getting shots through the window of the bus.
The stay at the hostel was very nice and it was quiet. I met a 70 year old fellow from New Zealand. He was interesting to talk with because of his varied background. Presently he is a priest, but he was a farmer for many years along with being a nurse. There were several other jobs but I have forgotten. We walked all over the downtown area including the waterfront. At the casino they were having a Mini car show. This included some of the new BMW Minis and a large number of the old Minis. There was a delivery van, convertible a few fixed up as a race car. The had 2 Mokies which looks a lot like the VW Thing.
I got on the trail at 1:30 after eating soup and a sandwich. The trail in the park is very nice until I got within a couple miles from the border. At least I don't have to worry about stepping on rattlebsnakes under every bush. They do have mosquitoes up here and I had to put on my rain jacket as they were drilling me through my nylon shirt. Once I got covered up with the headnet and anything else I could see they have gone to bed. Being very careful I was able to see the rose show without getting stuck.
I am very tired as I didn't sleep well last night. No alarm clock to wake me up and I was concerned I ma
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org