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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: Sun, Sep 11th, 2011
Start: White Pass, Mile 2303
End: Mile 2318
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 2,272.7

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Data, Euro, Topsey, La Fonda


I was planning on getting an early start but the lodge had Wi-Fi and I used up the morning to resize and upload images (for this journal).

The Kracker Barrel is the convenience store and the only place around here to get food. They also hold hiker packages for us. They know what hikers will buy and they stock it. They have a deli and I ordered a ham and cheese sandwich. But then I saw another hiker, JimBrick eating a corn dog. Ohhhh, I coulda had a corn dog, smeared with mustard! I would never eat a corn dog off the trail and I can't even remember the last time I ate one, but it sure looked good today (no, I didn't get one).

I was on the trail by 12:30 today. I had shifted into a group of new hikers: Euro-Trash (from Finland), his American fiance, La Fonda, Data Muffin and his wife, Topsey Turvy. As are most, they are much faster than I but since I take fewer breaks, I seem to reconnect in the evenings.

Again, the trail maintenance people have been busy as beavers, chopping and slicing away at the fallen trees across the trail. Thank you soooooo much people!

I passed by Pipe Lake (mile 2310) Nice camping, great campsites by the lake, swim, drink, camp but beware of the mossies. I would have camped here but it was only 4 pm. Too early. Wouldn't it be nice to stop and camp at 4 pm? Yeah, maybe when I go backpacking next.

So, I'm trucking along, lost in thought. I think this time I was thinking about Jesse's mom passing away then shifted to my parents passing away and how important it is to take some time out of your busy life to spend time with your parents. Then my thoughts segued to a hiker named Sunshine (the guy not the young girl). Sunshine has a journal here on Postholer as well. He left the trail partly to spend some time with his 86 year old father. Going fishing in Montana. He wrote an interesting last page. You might give it a read.

I digress again. So, I'm zoning along, lost in thought and somewhere around Snow Lake (mile 2311, not long after Pipe Lake), I missed a turn. It was a nice trail, with lots of footprints - looked just like the PCT but it went totally the wrong way (like perpendicular). To make matters worse, it dropped in elevation - easy at first then steeper.

Do-Da-Do-Do-Do, I'm enjoying the day, what a nice trail and how fun, all downhill! You can see this trail on Halfmile's map: WA Sec. I, Page 2 - Penoyer Lake trail then branched to Jug Lake trail. And, I went way down past the "U" and the "G" in the word "Douglas" (on the map).

Finally, when I turned George on and couldn't even see the PCT track on the screen, I knew I was out of it, way out!

Funny, I have a new attitude about the PCT. I started laughing, yes, laughing. Ok, paint a big "L" on my forehead, but this is my journey and if I somehow head off in an odd direction, it just becomes part of the journey. Next time you get lost think of it this way and it will be much less painful! Without this side trip, I wouldn't have this story to write either.

I headed back up. It wasn't as much fun climbing back out - maybe 1,000 feet and the profile was at least in the 900's if not more. I lost 2.5 hours on this little side track.

If I didn't have a trail name, someone would bestow the name "SideTrack" on me. For sure!

I hiked into darkness. There were lots of frogs out. Had to be careful not to step on them. I did 15 PCT miles. What will tomorrow bring?

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