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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Sun, Aug 7th, 2011
Start: Mile 1171
End: Sierra City, Mile 1198
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 1,544.2
Entry Visits: 1,619
Journal Visits: 385,624
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Guestbook Entrys: 482
A Day in the Life
Sounds like a Beatle song, huh?
Well, there are no typical days for the thru hiker. Every day is different. But, just to give you an idea, this is how today went. Let me add that I am not just walking and eating. I am constantly looking at scenery, animals, animal marks, plants, snow, little snow caves along the trail (I almost climbed through a big one today but would have gotten muddy) and lots of other things, way too much to list here. This is really a summary of the day.
Started moving inside the tent at 5:45. It was cold but not wet. It takes me about 45 minutes to get out of camp.
Got a 6:30 am start from mile 1171. My goal today is to reach Sierra City before dark, (mile 1198, about 27 miles)
I had two Oatmeal On the Run bars for breakfast. I ate them within the first hour of hiking.
Noted that my water is low. I am at about one-half liter as there was no water source near camp.
8 AM, Breakfast supplement. One sinckers bar.
8:30 Forgot the Ibuprophen. Took three tablets. Smeared sun screen on face and neck while walking.
9 AM, I hit water. I stop and get two liters. One goes into the Platy bag. The other is used to make a quart of Malto in a gatoraid bottle.
9:30 AM I am at the crest of a hill. I look around, take some pictures and check for a cell signal. There was weak 1X service. Couldn't call but could text and email. Texted Barb and sent an email off to my friend, Curtis (same Curtis, from the party at Etna).
9:40 Ate a Lara Bar, Cherry Pie
Mile 1176, shot a panorama movie from the top of a "crest" on the PCT.
10:20 Remembered I had two bagels. I only need one for lunch. Opened up pack, took out one bagel and ate it. While the pack was open, I pulled out a fresh phone battery and replaced it with the almost dead one in the phone. While rooting around, I found some Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Pretzels from Sonora. Pulled those out and put them in my pocket.
10:30 Saw a beautiful Orange butterfly, right on the trail. His wings were folded up. I hung around for about 5 min., camera in hand trying to get a shot of him with wings open. failed to do so.
10:35 Lit up George to see how slow the day was going. I was at mile 1180. Means I have gone nine miles since 6:30. Nine miles in four hours, not so good, but not a disaster.
11 am, noted my malto beverage is half gone. That is about right. Munched on a few PB Pretzels. Still trying to get the butterfly shot. There are so many here. Spent perhaps 15 minutes stalking them. Didn't get the shot I wanted but did get a somewhat decent shot. Gave up on the perfect shot, will settle for what I have. Then, it seemed that they were taunting me, flying all around. I ignored them.
Hey, someone out there, please identify this butterfly (see pic above). Sign in the guestbook. Extra credit, let me know what its host plant is. Thanks in advance!
11:50 noted Malto gone
12 noon Met Donna and Bob, locals, out for a day hike. Talked to them for about 10 minutes.
12:10 Saw two mating butterflys (yep, the orange ones). Startled one of them, he flew off, carrying the other along (with wings folded up). That was one "heavy lift"
12:20 checked GPS, have done 12 miles (2 mph avg.)
1:15 to 1:45 Take a lunch break (30 min) near small creek. Nice shady spot under a tree. Added water and mixed up a new batch of malto. Lunch: Bagel with cream cheese, PB pretzels, and a 240 calorie vacuum sealed packet of dates. I have 11 miles to go.
2 pm Almost forgot the afternoon Ibu. Took three.
3 pm mile 1189.8, about 8 miles to go
3:20 Ate a bag of peanut M&Ms. Malto beverage down about half.
3:30 Started thinking about water. This is a dry area. Have about one liter left in both containers.
4 pm Check in (for you guys) 1192.5, 2.7 mph average over last hour. I usually don't check in this often.
4:40 pm Decision time: Do I take the shortcut to town but leave the PCT (miss 3 miles of the trail but save 1.5 miles) or do I stay on the PCT and have to road walk highway 49 (1.5 mile walk or hitch, if I am lucky). I decide to stay on the PCT and take my chances with the hitch. Hopefully, the store will still be open and I can pick up my package this evening. (they may close at 7pm)
4:45 Glad I took the trail. I could see up the dirt road. It is dusty and offers little. The trail has beautiful waterfalls and vistas. Plus, hey, this is the PCT!
4:50 Snack, a Pay Day bar.
5 pm Hit a water source. Took a big draw on the platypus. It still has water. I decide to pass this up. I am close enough to be parched a bit if it comes to that. At mile 1195. Forgot to take pics of a waterfall. Dropped pack and went back. Took 5 minutes.
5:15 Checked for phone signal. None. Noted water all along the trail. Passing all up.
5:45 Near highway, took more waterfall pictures
5:55 Hit the highway (49). Will have to walk the 1.5 miles to town as there is no traffic and no place to pull over safely. Counted 10 cars in 15 minutes.
6:25 I am in the heart of the town. Pick up my box at the Country Store (and get an ice cream) and head over to the Red Moose Cafe - HIKER PARADISE!
7:30 Had ribs, baked beans, carrots, bread, for dinner. Watermellon for dessert. (otherwise would have been a Mountain House freeze dried meal).
8 pm Pitched my tent in the backyard, did laundry and took a shower. I am the "smell good hiker" again!
9 pm Drank a Pepsi from the fridge. Wired now, can't sleep, stayed up until midnight working on these pages and pics. I would sleep in tomorrow!
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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