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Lauren "Flame" Wurm
State: Ohio
Begins: Apr 18, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 11th, 2017

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 439
Journal Visits: 10,915
Guestbook Views: 119
Guestbook Entrys: 16

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Toes n trail angels

Well, I've got quite the story this week! I hiked since Seiad Valley with an infected ingrown toenail. I kept ignoring it and just soaking it in hot water when I'd get to town, but trail life is pretty dirty and gross so I couldn't keep it clean enough and it kept getting worse. When I got to Mount Shasta I was hobbling around from the pain at a pizza shop, and a cop walked over and introduced himself as a trail angel and said if I needed a ride anywhere to let him know. I thanked him and asked for a ride to my motel. So yeah that was pretty fun I had my first ride in the back of a cop car this week LOL! He dropped me off and I soaked my foot once again. The next day it was still looking kind of gnarly and my friends convinced me to go see a doctor. They dropped me off at the emergency room and the doctor removed the nail and also cut off the top corner of my toe so he he could get it out. That night I went out with my friends and ran into the cop trail angel again and he said he had friends who sometimes hosted hikers and to let him know if I wanted to stay with them while my foot healed up. At the time my foot was still numb so I didn't feel the pain and I politely declined the offer. That night I camped out in a gravel parking lot behind a store in town with my friends (because they let us stay there for free haha!). The next day when I woke up it hurt really bad and I realized there was no way I could hike as soon as I had planned. So I texted my cop trail angel friend and asked if I could still stay with the retired couple he knew, and he drove me to their house! So thank you to Tony the cop, and my hosts Kathe and Russell! You are all my amazing trail angels!!! Taking some time off and hittin the trail again soon!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2017

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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