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

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jul 27th, 2013
Start: lookout point
End: Burney falls state park
Daily Distance: 29
Trip Distance: 1,212.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 581
Journal Visits: 158,706
Guestbook Views: 9,810
Guestbook Entrys: 150

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hat creek rim sunrise

Double Cache Bomb

2 cache Wonderland
Beer, soft serve and resupply
So damn hot out here


50 minutes into hiking this morning the sun poked its head over the horizon. Got up at 430 am and was on trail 45 minutes later. Not long after 6 am I arrived at cache 22 where there was water and soda. Also on hand were chips and gatorade thanks to Aloha who was camped nearby. Left a thank you note on his car windshield.

As I passed the 1400 mile mark, I was chasing cows off the trail. And after 9 am my daydream was cut short by a buzzing rattlesnake coiled in the middle of the trail. He didn't take long to slither off.

The feet just kept going and I reached the end of the waterless section by noon, having completed nearly 17 miles. Time for lunch at the Crystal fish hatchery.

Watson and I had our sights set on a beer at Burney Falls State Park but still had another 12 miles to go. What a long and hot afternoon! As I crossed hwy 299 there was a sign for the Wild Bird Cache. Could it really be? About a mile later I arrived at the most welcome sight. Chairs, ice cold drinks, cracker jacks. I put my feet up, sucked down a soda and signed the register. After 30 minutes I was ready to push the last miles.

BFSP had fat tire beer, soft serve cones and my resupply box. I sat with Watson and Goku at a table and we shared beers. Goku is from Japan and we slowly made conversation as we worked through our language barrier. As darkness fell we made our way to the hiker biker campsite which for some reason is segregated from the rest of the camp and furthest from the pct. It must be because us hikers go to bed so early. Smile. I was sweating as I set up my tent. I went for a shower which took awhile because I got lost. I was wondering around trying to find my way home putting even more miles on my feet.

What a day. At trail mile 1424. Ready for sleep.

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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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