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Lion Heart
City: Ukiah
State: CA
Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 14th, 2013
Start: ridge camp
End: mile294 camp
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 302.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 662
Journal Visits: 158,770
Guestbook Views: 9,810
Guestbook Entrys: 150

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big bear lake

Cone Toss

Loony pine cone toss
Trees crashing down in the wind
Bats flying down low


First on trail today at 545 am but the speed demons soon caught me at the first water source. I had a tough morning either feeling the effects of altitude or more likely my imbalanced thyroid hormone. Was feeling light headed with trouble breathing. Caught up with Sensai who had waited for me at a tough trail intersection. He looked out for me until we caught up with G Dub. After a break, G Dub and I pushed on to the lunch spot.

After hiking through a heavily burned area we found our lunch spot to be windy, dusty and soon shadeless. After being hit with several dust storms which blew a ton of dirt into my open backpack, we went in search of a better spot. We found one against a rock but it required some clearing. Soon, all 5 of us were slinging pine cones over our shoulders. I can only imagine the hilarity of this scene observed by an outsider.

After the sun pushed me and Mehap back onto the trail I saw a mallard duck hanging out in what looked like a beaver dam zone. Everyone thought I was crazy. Due to the heavy winds, I heard at least 3 trees come down today. Flowing Holcomb Creek was our reward for hot, dusty, burnt trail. I dipped the feet in the cool refreshing water and had a nice chat with Mehap. We sped a few more miles and are camped not too far from the creek. Endless laughs as usual here tonight with Mehap, Wild Child, Star Fox, Sensai and G Dub.

The bats are out in force, flying low and collecting their dinner. Thanks for the bug removal!

Song of the day: Mehap was humming Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros Home

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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: www.pcta.org

 

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