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Pierre Provost "Jackrabbit" Paul Dally
Begins: Sep 1, 2013
Date: Sat, Sep 21st, 2013
Start: 3 miles north of Rainy Pass
End: Hart's Pass
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 375.6
Entry Visits: 376
Journal Visits: 7,140
Guestbook Views: 277
Guestbook Entrys: 7
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We woke up to rain, which we had all night. I cooked some breakfast without leaving the tent and then fortunately during a break in the rain, I broke camp and hit the road at 8:00. I cruised along without much looking at the map as we just had to go up a few miles to clear a pass then chug down for a long while until midday.
Way up high above 6000' at a rather technical steep little stream crossing, I came across a couple hiking with their 3 llamas. I asked where I should be and they put me easily off the trail and I was able to watch them navigate this little problem. Two of the llamas, fully loaded quickly traipsed across the rocks and I said how graceful and surefooted they were. Just as these words came out of my mouth, llama #3 trips and skids down the steep scree and gravel, bits and pieces of what he is carrying goes scattering among the rocks and he fortunately scrambles back up to the trail, apparently uninjured. The couple were so nice and good with the animals. No doubt there are challenges to hiking with stock!
I was playing leap frog with our rather large contingent. Word was that there was trail magic (sausages and whiskey) at Harts Pass, making it a 27 mile day. We all were on board and moving along to make it happen.
We got in at about 6:15, Serpent Slayer and Slick had both independently decided to do trail magic here at this time, both from Bellingham. Anyway, it was a bit overwhelming and way more than any trail magic I have experienced. They had a campsite with a fire going. There were already 5-6 hikers there a few of whom I knew. They had bacon cheese burgers going, beer, wine, Jack Daniels, sodas, chocolate donuts and lentils on the way. After having my wine cup refilled too many times, Slick brought out his guitar and we started the entertainment portion of the evening, which included a recital of the poem "the cremation of Sam McGee".
This PCT community is so cool!
It's really cold, the stars are out through the trees. I'm warm in my tent. Less than 2 days to Manning Park in Canada!