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Linda "Seasoned Strider" Oram
City: Mosier
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 25, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Start: HWY 3; PCT SoBo mi 1092.4
End: Chilcoot Crk; PcT SoBo mi 1106.7
Daily Distance: 14.3
Trip Distance: 166.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 88
Journal Visits: 3,354
Guestbook Views: 56
Guestbook Entrys: 13

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Air Pods?

Leaving Etna 3x

Dave returned us to where he had picked us up yesterday, where the PCT crosses Hwy 3. As we were getting out of the rig, a through-hiker arrived. She wanted to go to Etna, so Dave offered to give her a ride. "Fruit Salad" wasn't feeling up to par and thought she just needed to take a day or so off. She hadn't had a zero-day since Mammoth Lakes. That's approximately 650 PCT-miles south! No wonder she's beat.

We thought the first few miles south were going to be quite steep, but it turned out to be a very comfortable climb. Yippee!

At times we would look back toward the Trinity Alps, which we came through a couple of days ago. At other times we would look ahead toward Mt Shasta.

On occasion, we walked in forested areas, but for the most part the terrain was relatively open. There were lots of scattered trees, wild azaleas, tiger lilies, paintbrush, and pitcher plant.

We walked through a couple of areas with large red rocks. In another area, there were rocks similar to obsidian, but with streaks of green. On some of the rocks, the green would flake off, like some form of mica. I hadn't seen that before.

Soon after the green rocks, we met a young couple who were doing a section hike. As we chatted, they told us of someone they had encountered who had a SKUNK join him in his tent! The skunk didn't raise his tail and let loose, but instead just stared at the hiker. I think I'd prefer to be joined by a bear than a skunk!

We also met "Butane," from Switzerland. I've heard how beautiful Switzerland is, so I asked how she felt the Sierra compared. She said the Sierra were better because in Switzerland everything is so "close." She clarified, saying you can always see a road or a restaurant. In our wilderness areas, you can walk for days without seeing any human-made structures or roads. We're very fortunate.

After 14.4 miles we came to a very peaceful meadow with a spring. We sat to have a break and look at our map. We found that water and campsites are pretty scarce for the next few days. After much consideration, we decided to stop a little short and camp for the night.

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PCT 2018

Thank you for following,
Linda "Seasoned Strider" Oram


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