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WalkingSeth - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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Seth Argetsinger
City: Kent
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 21, 2014
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014

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Adrian and Zach were up and out before me, no suprises there. I'm usually not the first guy up in the morning. I had a quick dry breakfast, packed up, made sure I had enough water, and set out for the next water source, the Pioneer Mail Picnic area. I hiked alone all morning until I reached the picnic area for a break. It wasn't nearly as windy as the last time I hiked this stretch so that was nice. I ate and refilled water and moved on again. I don't remember a lot about the middle of the day but it's safe to assume there was a lot of walking alone. Mid afternoon I descended a little to a low point and off to my left was a small grove of oak trees. It looked like a nice place to take a break and as I approached I saw a couple that had the same idea. The area of shade was pretty small, you had to get right under the lower branches basically. There was just enough room for me to squeeze in next to the couple. We started chatting and after a couple minutes I said "you don't sound like you're from southern California." In fact they were not, they were here from Germany. They had heard about the trail from Cheryl Strayed's book and came out to hike the first 300 miles or so to Big Bear. They were very enthusiastic, I would say jolly even. They had a lot of questions for me about my resupply strategy. The way they said "Idyllwild" sounded really cool. Most of us when we say it, it gets some Western American slack into it and it comes out kinda like "ah-dull-wahld". The way they said it was "eye-dl-vile-d." It sounds way cooler and more alpine their way. Anyhow, I took off after a while and left them there under the trees, they didn't look like they would ever get up. The climb back out of there was on broad trail, pretty hot and exposed. Not a long climb, though. My next destination was the Rodriguez Spur rd water source, I think another 5 miles or something. I got there a little before 5 I think. There was kind of a lot of people there that would be camping there that night. I settled in for a good long break with the intention of hiking out a little further to cut the distance to Scissors Crossing where I would hitch into Julian for my first resupply. My bus ride/border monument bro Brandon was there. He wasn't going into Julian because he had a mail package going to Warner Springs, 30 trail miles past Scissors. It sounded like that was the plan for most of the people at the spur. After breaking for 45 mins or an hour or something I got itchy to saddle back up so I did. I hiked out in very pleasant, cool evening conditions. Gotta go, tell you more later.

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