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Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Date: Thu, May 30th, 2013
Start: mile 464
End: Casa de Luna
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 365.9
Entry Visits: 903
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Tumbleweed, Smiling Gazelle, Scout Master, Kenobe
Casa de Luna
The hills are flaming up red
Taco salad yum
No joke. Green Valley is on fire. After arriving at trail angel Casa de Luna this afternoon, a large ploom formed to our south west. There were threats of evacuation as we watched the hills flame. At one point, when evacuation seemed imminent, we readied our backpacks and grabbed another beer. When in doubt, drink another beer.
Earlier today, the Oasis cache was a welcome reward after 8 miles. Sodas, water, beers and chairs. 10 am, 85 degrees in the shade equals time to get the heck down the trail.
1 pm found me, Scout Master and Tumbleweed catching a hitch to the Andersons. What luck because it saved us a two mile road walk. First order of business, don a Hawaiian shirt. Second, beer.
Joyous shouts erupted as G Dub emerged from the back yard. I was not the only one surprised and excited to see him. Turns out he got some spider bite on his foot and was rescued from mile 500. Been here at the Andersons recuperating for a few days.
As ash fell and we waited to evacuate, the Andersons served up their notorious taco salad. It was so fucking good. More beer. Glitter toe nails. I'm camped in the magical madrone forest where apparently the squirrels will eat through your backpack to get your food. Check. Store food not in backpack.
It was touch and go here for quite a while as we worried about hikers still out on the trail which was quickly filling with smoke. There is a good sized group hanging here in the front yard. Rumor is that the trail is closed ahead so we'll see what tomorrow presents.
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