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Linda "Seasoned Strider" Oram
City: Mosier
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 30, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, May 8th, 2016
Start: Los Angeles Aqueduct (mi 534.9)
End: a very windy campsite (mi 549.7)
Daily Distance: 14.8
Trip Distance: 456.9

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 521
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Guestbook Entrys: 15

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Not a very reassuring sign

Running water

Sunday, May 8
I woke this morning feeling great. HURRAY!!! I was surprised I could sleep last night, after sleeping all day yesterday, but my fever broke during the night and I slept soundly.
Resupply Guy drove us back to the trail and we started off, through the wind farm. We hiked under the giant wind turbines for almost five miles. A BLM employee drove up next to us at one point and said if we saw any off-road vehicles to call the sheriffs department. He seemed a bit envious of our hike.
After reaching the north side of the wind farm the trail started to climb. At first, the hills seemed grueling but around noon something kicked in and I felt like my normal hiking self. That's a good thing, as we climbed 2000, dropped 500 and climbed another 1700. At one point we stopped to look down on two large wind farms and several solar panel farms. It seems like good use of a land where very little grows.
Gadget Girl had stopped to fill-up all her water containers at Tylerhorse Canyon. It was about a mile and a half after we started our climb up from the wind farm and the only known water source for quite awhile. When we reach the next designated campsite, 7.5 miles and a 1375' elevation gain later, there was a huge water cache. It wasnt on the water report or any of our other sources. Gadget Girl wasnt thrilled she had packed all her water up that hill for nothing! In another half mile we reached our camping spot. We were wandering through some trees looking for a spot protected from the wind when I heard Gadget Girl let out a shriek and I turned to see her hopping and jumping through the trees. All of a sudden water was running down the OUTSIDE of her leg! She had punctured her 64 ounce water container on a limb. She calmed right down when she figured out what was happening but it sure took her by surprise and her reaction was the highlight of the day. Too bad about the loss of her hard earned water, though.
The temperature was comfortable for most of the day but we started and ended day all bundled up due to the wind. As I type this, Im glad to be tucked snuggly in my tent. Outside, the wind continues to howl.

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