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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, May 25th, 2011
Start: Mile 495
End: Hikertown, Mile 518
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 518.0

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View looking North. Hikertown and our path Northward.


Check out our 500 Miles Movie at the bottom of this page!

It was really windy last night but we were in a very protected campsite. You could hear the wind howling in the pine trees overhead but only the occasional flap of the tent door down below where we were.

George, our GPS, was on today as we were looking for mile 500. It was only six miles from our campsite.

Around one corner we came, and there it was, scratched into the side of the trail a big 500. We had walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more, and 500 more and 500 more and 500 more and then some. (can we write a song about this?)

The "500" was just carved in dirt and looked a bit non-descript so we dropped our packs and scrounged the trail for the perfect sized rocks to make it look more "official". It took us about 20 minutes to layout the rocks but it was a true work of art (we added a small "JnB" on the side).

Then, of course, we had to shoot some video for the sequel to our original 500 miles video. We will send the memory card off to Kimo, (who is staying at our house), in hopes that he can do something with it. Youtube wouldn't let us post the original with the music (a copyright issue) but Vimeo did, so, maybe the sequel will end out there. Stay tuned!

We needed water. There was supposedly a Guzzler at mile 503. It was difficult to find but George pointed the way perfectly. Every guzzler is different but they all seem to revolve around collecting rain or snow melt and storing it. This guzzler was quite interesting. A big slanted roof-like affair with a rain gutter, feeding a pipe that was connected to an in-ground tank. The tank was full and the water was pretty good. (see the pictures above)

We arrive at Hikertown at about 5pm. Bob, the caretaker is a very nice man. He gave us the honeymoon suite to stay in. It had a double bed, bathroom with flush toilet and sink with running water but the shower was kaput. We took hot showers at the community shower in the hiker meeting area. Hikertown also has a functional kitchen where you can fix you food. Bob supplied a few cases of beer but everything there is on suggested donations. We hope those hikers that were drinking the brews threw in some cash. Bob would do better if he listed prices. Coronas, $ 3, Bud Light $ 2 etc. He suggests $ 10 per hiker per night. We decided our room was worth more.

And a quick rant: People, clean up your kitchen mess. Your mother is not hiking with you - don't leave it for Bob.

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