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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 30, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 12th, 2011
Start: Near Hobart Bluff
End: Home - 440 ft
Daily Distance: 3.7
Trip Distance: 9.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 620
Journal Visits: 3,875
Guestbook Views: 246
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Trillium

Still heading north - in the van...

Sunday, after breakfast, we left our packs in the tent and walked up the trail about a half mile to the junction with the Hobart Bluff trail. Three quarters of a mile up this trail we climbed out to the top of Hobart Bluff. From the top, we could see Mt Shasta to the south, Mt McLaughlin to the north and we were looking down on I-5 as it climbed up to Siskiyou Pass south of Ashland. Mt Ashland ski area was visible across the valley. After a little while to take in the views we headed back down to our camp and put everything together for the walk back to the van.

We stopped often to take photos (I know....shocking, right?) and on one of these photo stops, Julie spotted movement in the grass. I turned around and found a metallic green snake who was trying to sneak away. I got around on the other side of him and he stopped for a little bit. Then I realized that he had caught a small lizard and was in the process of swallowing it! I backed off a little bit, he relaxed enough to continue with his dinner and I got a few photos of him as he finished eating. Once he was done with his meal, he very quickly got away into some rocks. We think we have identified him as a Western Yellow Bellied Racer, very pretty snake.

The rest of the hike and the drive home were uneventful. We are already planning our next outing.

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Ron & Julie On The PCT - 2011

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. Join the PCTA to support this trail.

 

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