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Colors and Quirk
City: Davis
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 20, 2012
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 20th, 2012
Start: Mile 0 - Campo Mexican Border
End: Mile 20 - Lake Morena
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 20.0
Daily Ascent: 2886
Daily Descent: 2735

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Started at Mexico Border

Today our hike to Canada began! We started early from San Diego with Marilyn and Roberto, stopping along the way for some McDonalds drive-thru breakfast, possibly the last fast food we'll have in a while. We parked a mile short of the PCT Southern Terminus and hiked to the start of the PCT via the PCT. The weather was perfect, with hardly a cloud in the sky. There was a group of folks gathered to begin their journey also. We took photos, me sucking in my gut to look my best. Surely our packs and our bodies will diminish as we evolve on our journey.

The border was a 15-foot-high metal fence with a few holes. We peered to the Mexican side, wondering aloud if we'd see any illegal immigrants here along the border. Certainly there was an effort to keep folks from crossing the border, as there were border patrol agents in pickups present. Interestingly they drag a giant tire along the fence to smooth the dirt, making it easier to see footprints of anyone jumping the fence.

This first day we met quite a few folks that had started together, having first met overnight at a trail angel's house in San Diego. Hannah, Calf and Stride to name a few. Unlike ourselves, many had hickdone long hikes previously -- namely the Appalacian Trail. Thus I had comparative interest in our peer's gear, pace, physical stature and hiking technique. One guy had a thick wooden pole as hiking stick, others had poles like us, still others had no poles at all. Are we doing this hike right? We weren't particularly worried. We'd have five more months to fine-tune our approach.

Our first water was at Houser Creek. There we saw Calf and Hannah. We pulled out our Sawyer Squeeze water filter, filled our bottles and soaked our feet in the creek. Already obvious to more experienced hikers, we deduced that where there is water there likely to be an ensuing climb. We had a tough slog up out of the small valley and back down to Lake Morena. Our first day of 20 miles put us into camp at dusk in a state of exhaustion. There we wandered around, trying to find the correct, legitimate place to camp. After hearing the Park Ranger's unsolicited stories of failed love, we set up camp for the first time -- night number one. Late in the evening Straw and Michelle, fellow PCT hikers put down nearby in the "PCT" camping area.

The journey has begun!


- Kirk

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PCT 2012 With Purpose

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. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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