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City: Crescent City
Begins: Apr 21, 2013
Date: Sun, Jun 9th, 2013
Start: Marie Lakes
End: Vermilion Valley Resort
Daily Distance: 13.3
Trip Distance: 879.6
Min Elevation: 7851
Max Elevation: 10575
Entry Lat: 37.412561
Entry Lng: -118.924617
Entry Visits: 427
Journal Visits: 52,446
Guestbook Views: 1,960
Guestbook Entrys: 16
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So here I am fat, clean and happy at VVR.
The day started at beautiful Marie Lakes. On the trail before 6am as were the mosquitoes. Wearing long wind pants and mosquito head net that set the tone for the morning, the mosquitoes were voracious as the trail descended from Marie Lakes following Bear Creek down the canyon.
The notorious Bear Creek is one of the most concerning fords to hikers along the entire PCT and not without good reason. It's known to be swift and powerful. This morning it was only mid- thigh but swift. Not the stuff of legends due to the low snow pack. The mosquitoes loitering at the creek were overwhelming. Makes my skin crawl writing this.
The trail finally parted with the creek and began to climb with fervor and accompanied by mosquitoes. Finally, as the trail reach 10K it flattened and the mosquitoes subsided. At last I could remove my wind pants.
The trail meandered across the top before descending with purpose along countless switchbacks finally reaching the Mono Creek bridge.
At this intersection the trail continues on or you can turn off to the Edison Lake ferry landing. Unfortunately the boat is running once a day at 9am. It was 1pm when I arrived. As an alternative you can hike the 6.5 mile trail along the lake to the resort. These miles don't count. If they did it would be a 20 mile day.
By 3:45 I reached VVR in less than 8 days and 197 miles after departing Kennedy Meadows among some of the toughest terrain the Sierra have to offer. I'm so ready for a zero day.
Once I did arrive I acquired a 'room' (travel trailer) at the resort for 2 nights. Next was a visit to the store where I purchased and consumed an obscene number of calories as a warm-up for dinner that was served at 5pm. I had steak.
Having had a shower I'm sitting here recharging batteries (literally) and enjoying the rocking chair in my trailer.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to send these journal entrys out soon, they are really piling up.
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