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

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 6th, 2013
Start: mile 611
End: robin Spring pass cache
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 469.9

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Joshua tree shade
Counting the clouds in the sky
Water cache blessing


Late start because G Dub wasn't feeling well. Queasy and shivering. Possibly suffering from some heat exhaustion. We hiked 5 miles to a water cache. This cache and the next one 15 miles up the trail are stocked by 78 year old Mary. What a lady! There are nearly one hundred gallons at each cache. Apparently, this is her last year stocking the cache so I'm worried for future hikers. I could not have made it through this area today without the caches.

Around 11 am G Dub was kinda throwing up so we started searching for shade. Tough to come by when the scenery consists of Joshua trees. We managed to find one with fairly good shade and the adjacent cow shit seemed to be an indicator that we'd chosen well. We shifted around under the tree for the next 6 hours as the sun chased us. Let me tell you, trying to tuck under a Joshua is no easy task without getting pricked by their razor sharp leaves. I escaped with only minor wounds to my head and knee. It seems to me that sitting under a Joshua on a hot day is certainly some form of torture and I pushed away the thoughts that I was going to die in this desert.

After leaving at 5 pm we pushed the 12 miles to the next water cache. About half way there I had to ascend the steepest sand chute ever. And to top it off, there was a hill blocking my view of the sunset. I wondered if there was any hiker who had managed to not cuss at this god damn sandy hill. It was after 10 pm when we finally arrived at the cache. We got water and set up camp immediately. Beautiful stars stretch out before me.

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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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