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Nferguson - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Nick Ferguson
City: Chico
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 28, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013
Start: Fred Canyon
End: Pioneer Mail Picnic Area
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 50.0

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Going With the Good Flow

7:15 - 9

Today was a day where I started to trust my intuition and it turned out to be a good day. I'm starting to get into the flow of trusting my desires, needs/wants, and intuition and it's liberating. I left camp early and alone, a while behind Emily and Hooligan, after making some oatmeal for breakfast. It seemed like I just timed everything right. I made it up a steep climb right before the sun peeked over the ridge, and into shady Long Canyon (mi. 37) as the sun was climbing in the sky. My ability to guage how much water I need is constantly getting better. I think that is part of an eventual mental and physical adaptation to long days of hiking. Typing this now a week later, I can say that I have definitly become more in tune with my body.

Long Canyon was a beautiful refuge from the hot sandy hiking. I saw a couple of white tailed deer, a bee hive buzzed above my head, a downed tree was drilled out by a wood bee, and all of the holes were stuffed with caches of acorns left by a lil critter. After pushing through a midday slump, I made it to the Mt. Laguna campground (mi. 43) and found Hooligan there cooking lentils for lunch. He offered, I obliged, and we scarfed down some oily lentils. I went into the little town and found an ice pop to help reduce the swelling in my knee. While I was sitting on the stoop, I met a group I call the Utah Boys, and finally stocked up with water and moved on towards the Shrine Camp, where I was expecting to spend the night with access to a hot shower. The view along the way was amazing! The wind was blowing hard enough to push me around, but I was able to get a decent picture of the view. It was a stunning panorama of the shrubby green chaparral gradating to stark barren desert.

I love hiking in the evening. The temperature is lower, my body is warmed up, and my spirits are almost always at their highest point. I met Hooligan at the Shrine Camp and had a scare when I realized I misread how many miles it was to Warner Springs. I wasn't sure if I was going to have enough food for the whole trip after I had already walked five miles away from town. We both decided we would move on to the Pioneer Mail Picnic Area (mi. 52.7) and stay there for the night. That was the fastest 5 miles I had hiked so far, and Hot Flash and Musli (two older women I met at the Shrine Camp) kept up with us the whole way. Those two ladies crack me up with their conversations and bickering. Musli is such a great character. She has frizzy brown hair with grey streaks, those big round glasses that amplify her eyes, and two big front teeth. They can really move down hill though.

We camped around the Utah Boys, Ukon, Stumbles and Rafiki, and Hot Flash and Musli. That night, it was so windy that I stayed up for half and hour worrying about whether a widowmaker was going to fall on my tent or not. Thankfully my intuition was fine and my worrying was superfluous. Not beign able to sleep is a rare occurance, because it has been a growing trend that I am so hungry and tired by the end of the day that I rush to set up camp, scarf my dinner (which has been tuna in oil on a tortilla), and pass out. Such deep sleep has been lending itself to very vivid and lucid dreams. It has been a fun morning hiking task to decipher last night's dream.

Highlight: Finally appreciating the beauty of the desert.

I learned that hiking poles can be used like cruches.

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