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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: Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Start: Third Gate Cache
End: Warner Springs
Daily Distance: 18.3
Trip Distance: 107.5

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100 miled down, 2,565 more to go..

9 - 8:30

Sleeping in is amazing, and what is even more amazing is that I call waking up at 8 am sleeping in. I wanted to get moving faster than Hooligan, so I left without him for the cache and continued on. Ive been nervous to commit myself to walking with any particular person because I often want time to myself to walk at my own pace and think. I was ridge walking that morning, so I could look about a mile back and see him hiking with Seminole. That morning I passed by a collection of rocks that someone arranged into the figures 1, 0, and 0, and realized that I had just completed my first 100 miles of the PCT. I did a short mental celebration and pushed on towards two hikers relaxing in the shade. There I met Gary and Len, and quickly found out that Gary was quite possibly the oldest thru-hiker at the ripe age of 74. One thing I love about the PCT is how word travels about people on the trail. News of Garys well-being and progress is always circulating. As of right now, I dont know if him and Len are still on the trail, but Im sure I will find out sooner or later.

As I was talking to Gary and Len, Hooligan stopped with us to take a rest. Gary ended up asked if we were hiking together and I basically said no. I still find it weird at how uncomfortable I am with labeling myself as someones hiking partner. I guess Im pretty attached to the idea of hiking the majority solo, but Im learning to appreciate company on many of the sections Im going through. Retrospectively, I would have liked to plan to invite a couple friends or family members to hike small sections with me. Hooligan changed my perspective when he said he thought the best way to share such an experience with someone is to let them experience it firsthand.

We made the short trek further to a lovely place called Barrel Springs, which was another site that reminded me of Upper Park. I washed some clothes in the horse trough, ate some fruit a trail angel left there, and snoozed while my clothes dried on the line. We finally moved on towards Warner Springs (mi. 109.5). On the way we found a gopher snake on the trail, and while I tried to pick it up, it shook its tail in the grass, effectively mimicking the sound of a rattle snake and deterring me even though I knew better. We passed by a natural monument called Eagle Rock, and go figure that it looks exactly like an eagle. That night we camped in a field near the Warner Springs community center and shared a meal. As I was falling asleep I could hear the snorting of free range horses not too far away.

Highlight: Walking through golden fields under a big blue sky with oaks never too far out of reach.

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