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Gadget Girl
City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 25, 2018
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 25th, 2018
Start: Callahan's Lodge
End: Mt Ashland Ski Resort
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 8.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 171
Journal Visits: 3,553
Guestbook Views: 48
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Seasoned Strider and Gadget Girl

We've started the trail!

Finally back on the Pacific Crest Trail this afternoon! We left home at 5am and traveled seven hours south to Callahan's Lodge (just south of Ashland) where we stopped for lunch. Callahan's is a popular stopover as they let thru hikers pitch their shelters on the lawn in the back. After lunch Hubby Dave dropped us off right around the corner from Callahan's and we started our trek upward towards Mt Ashland Ski Resort where Dave was planning on parking the motorhome for the night. The temperature was perfect for hiking with a cool breeze keeping the sweat at bay. We gained almost 2,000 ft for the day. We took our time as neither of us were able to train for this hike and we didn't want to injure any body parts. Some wildflowers were out but most are ready to pop in about a week's time. Northbound thru hikers trickled through, all were pleasant but didn't want to stop to chat. They were on a mission to get to Callahan's and get a shower and some good food! Counted eight thru hikers and two section hikers. As we crossing a road with two parked cars nearby, two women dayhikers stopped and asked if we were thru hikers. I gave them a summary of our PCT adventures over the years, stating that this was the year that we were going to finish the trail. We qualified, and they gave each of us a container of orange juice. Wow, our first trail magic! They said that they like to carry fresh fruit and juices and dole them out to thru hikers. Nice gals from Ashland - thank you so much! You made our day!

By the time we arrived at the motorhome, the air temp was dropping quickly. The wind is still blowing outside, dropping the air temp even more. Spent some time packing up our backpacks this evening as we head south tomorrow towards Seiad Valley. Dave will resupply us there and we will continue onto Etna.

Gadget Girl

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2018

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:


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