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Lwirtz - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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Lenny "No Excuses" Wirtz
City: Santa Clarita
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 14th, 2016
Start: Mile 415.42
End: Mile 436.07
Daily Distance: 20.65
Trip Distance: 365.8
Hours Hiked: 12
People Met: 8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 311
Journal Visits: 21,739
Guestbook Views: 349
Guestbook Entrys: 26

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Day #28- 12 Hours of Hiking

Hello family and friends,
Last night, I didn't get much sleep because of the nonstop high winds. They even caused some damage to my tent frame! Arrrgh!
More heat was on the way... I could feel it. After another early start, I met "Tai" and "Tai Di" from Thailand. There were many day hikers out too, including a funny guy with a trail name "Breather" (from Lancaster). Hiking on, I arrived at Mill Creek Fire Station to filter water from a spigot. I met "Sadadchuck" (or maybe Sasquatch?- he said it was like Bigfoot), from Germany. I also met "Blur" (from Maryland) and saw "JConic" (from Australia). Also, the animals that I noticed today included lizards, snakes, chipmunks, and birds.
The next water was 17.5 miles away, and it was very hot out. So, I loaded up my water bottles and drank up as well. The climb from the fire station was very steep, but I pushed myself hard. There were not that many people on the trail, and the few I passed were sitting in the several shady spots along the hot, dusty trail.
Around 5PM, I reached Messenger Flats Campground. Later, the trail made a dramatic drop in elevation and descended very quickly. With new life, I finally was able to actually hustle along.
Almost dark, my day ended at North Fork Ranger Station. I gave fist bumps to hikers at a table before setting up my tent in the dark. It was a very peaceful place next to the ranger station. In the evening, I ate dinner with my headlamp on, wrote my journal, and was in my sleeping bag by 10.
"Life is good."

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