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Elderly Ellen
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: May 20, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 17th, 2011
Start: Hyatt Lake
End: Brown Mt Shelter, mile 1771
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 371.4

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A Day of Roads

We said goodbye to our luxury campsite this morning before any of the
regular campers were up.
We expected today to be a repeat of yesterday, with mostly forest hiking.
We climbed away from Hyatt Lake, dropped down to circle Howard Prairie Lake,
and crossed many roads. Yeahbut actually kept count: 24 gravel/asphalt road
crossings plus 8 logging road crossings! That's 32 road encounters in 21
We got water at the 'polluted' outlet of Howard Prairie Lake. There was
actually a seep that looked OK. We added extra treatment to it. None of my
sources say what the problem is with the it microbial?
chemical? Well, we had a potentially long dry spell, so we loaded up with
this stuff (we eventually replaced it with water from a better source).
Leaving Howard Prairie Lake, we began a sustained climb that seemed to last
?8 miles. Not steep, but unending. We circled Old Baldy Peak then dropped
down to Dead Indian Memorial Highway. We'd run into some thrus today, and
spent some time chatting with each (Drop Dead, Lafonda, Eurotrash, Meow Meow
and her husband, and another woman). They kept us entertained.
At the highway crossing, there was a biking couple. We needed a break and
so did they, so we spent about a half hour chatting about our different
trips. We only had a couple more miles to reach the shelter and water, so
we could take our time.
The shelter probably serves cross country skiiers more than hikers. It is a
sturdy, compact log building, with platforms for beds and a wood burning
stove. After inspecting it, we ate outside at the picnic table and set up
our tent. Much better to sleep out under the stars.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2011

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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