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Karen Scaffidi
City: Kent
State: WA
Country: United States
Begins: May 1, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, May 10th, 2019

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Entry Visits: 59
Journal Visits: 1,659
Guestbook Views: 28
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Trail magic!

The wind calmed down during the night but I could hear it raining in the dark hours. We awoke to a heavy mist & have a lazy start. Should have put my rain pants on before I went out to go potty as the wet grass soaked my hiking pants & shoes. We pack our backpacks in the tent & have breakfast & coffee in our little respite from the wet & then it's time to go. Most of this am we hike in heavy mist & outright rain. My foot feels better today but still don't want to overdo it. We come down to road level & pass a large earthen dam & then a spillway, another spot where Lea & I did trail magic last year. We climb back up into the hillside & are suddenly in an area that has not been ravaged by fire with towering manzanitas and spectacular views. The rain let up eventually. We top the hill & cross over to views of Silverwood lake. We work our way around the north side of the lake meandering up & down the hillside. The lake is very pretty in the low clouds. Finally we get to a dirt road & there is a sign for trail magic at the picnic area below. It's 4 pm so we hurry down hoping we haven't missed it. Still going strong! Fish Tank & a group of volunteers are set up in a covered picnic area barbecuing hot dogs & hamburgers. There is fruit and veggies, all manner of condiments, cookies, candy & soft drinks. Fish Tank records each hiker saying their trail name & where they're from. He hiked 1,200 miles last year when an illness in the family brought him home. He's heading back out in a few weeks to attempt to finish. There is no camping here but a park ranger has sanctioned it if we tuck back in & are not visible from the road so after enjoying the amazing trail magic we set up camp. And, bonus, we are near the flush toilets & water. It begins to rain again around 7:30 & we retreat to the tent.


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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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