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Gadget Girl
City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 30, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 31st, 2016
Start: 1465.5
End: 1469.5
Daily Distance: 4
Trip Distance: 1,273.9

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,618
Journal Visits: 60,862
Guestbook Views: 491
Guestbook Entrys: 29

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My home away from home

Final day on the trail

Well, this is it. The last day on the trail. Seasoned Strider was up early making her preparations for another long, hot day on the trail. I loaned her my Platypus as hers had developed a leak in it. We said our goodbyes, and off she went.

I laid in my tent for awhile before heating up water for my first cup of coffee. I listened to the creek, to early hikers walking by, and the snap of branches nearby. Well, that got my attention. I peeked out and here was a deer looking around a tree to have a look at me. We had a stare-off and she finally moseyed back to where deer mosey to. It felt weird lounging in the tent so made my coffee, ate my cereal, made my second cup of coffee (what a luxury!), packed up and headed down the trail to the Ash Camp trailhead. There was a lot of poison oak around and had to do a lot of dodging the last mile. I arrived at the Ash Camp trailhead and lo and behold, there was Legend, Raven (who we last saw at Dick Lake), and the two German girls. They were making pancakes and coffee for thru hikers. I was offered breakfast but since I just finished my own cereal and coffee just a bit ago, I declined. Seasoned Strider had already passed through and had given them the heads up that I was leaving the trail and was going to wait for my husband for pickup. Legend offered a ride to take me in to McCloud so my husband wouldn't have to make the drive to the trailhead, and I gratefully accepted. I sent a Explorer text to hubby stating the changes hoping he would get it before arriving in McCloud. Legend had his red pickup truck and his motorhome there. The German girls were very excited for the chance to drive Legend's truck for him to McCloud so I hopped in with my gear and away we went. We arrived at McCloud, saw a gas station and saw our car parked there. Dave had only arrived a few minutes before us. We pulled in and had a joyful reunion!

We did drive to Castella to pick up my resupply package as my new hiking shoes were in it and I didn't want to leave them behind. Then we spent the next seven hours driving north to Hood River and catching up with what was happening in the family and other such stuff.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2016 Thru

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: www.pcta.org

 

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