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Don "Dayslate" Wood
City: Palo Alto
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 26, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 18th, 2015
Start: MM410 Burn Area
End: MM430 Messenger Flats CG
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 243.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 199
Journal Visits: 4,817
Guestbook Views: 308
Guestbook Entrys: 0

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Messenger Flat CG

On trail 0730. Started with more climb, then a long down hill to the Mill Creek Fire Station. They were just leaving for a fire. They have a faucet and a table where I got water and had lunch. From there, the next water is 15 miles, another fire station. Most other sources are dry or nearly. Shortly after I left the fire station and had a view of the valley from the hill I was climbing, I called Lou. My cold has gotten worst and she worries. So I arranged to meet her tomorrow in Acton and see a doctor. I've had this cough and runny nose since January. It's gotten steadily worst this past week. I had 24 miles to go when I called her so I had to make some miles today. I made 20 miles today, oddly through the worst possible conditions. Uphill and dodging poodle dog bush all the way. 14 miles to go tomorrow. I camped at Messenger Flats CG, just past the worst section of PDB, at MM430. Just made it before dark. Hard to dodge what you can't see. Saw two deer just before arriving at camp. First big game seen.
MM430 GPS: 34.37986, -118.18963

An interesting difference in the after effect of a fire between Southern California and Washington is that down here the poisonous poodle dog plant fills the void created by the fire. Up North huckleberries and blue berries fill the area.

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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