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Gadget Girl
City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 27, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015
Start: Windy Pass
End: Harts Pass
Daily Distance: 5
Trip Distance: 173.4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,886
Journal Visits: 6,224
Guestbook Views: 260
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Joyous reunion with my dog Bella

Hike done!

Such a lovely quiet night. My ears have just loved the silence on this section hike. A wonderful break from all the electronic noises we all endure in our technology based world. So here was the big moment - did the SPOT OK signal work last night and will my husband show up today? I broke camp and hit the trail about 7:45am at a nice quick stroll pace. Stopped about a 1.5 miles from Harts Pass to eat my last Snickers bar and to enjoy the view. Three nice older gentlemen from Spokane were coming down the trail and stopped for a chat. One of their phones pinged and they exclaimed, "there's cell service here!", dropped their packs and all three pulled out their phones. It was pretty hilarious. As I watched them push buttons, I realized that I hadn't immediately pulled out my phone to check for service. It was nice to realize that my "always online addiction" could be broken. But yes, I did pull it out and check out of curiosity. One bar, but no ATT service. No worries... We parted ways and as I was nearing Harts Pass at 10am, I heard all this persistent car honking. I stopped and looked up and there was my husband!!!! That last SPOT OK worked! He had left at 5am for the five hour drive north and we met on the last mile of my hike. What a great guy. As we were driving down the gravel road we came upon Alpine Bunny, a guy from France hiking down the road hoping for a hitch. We picked him up and had a great visit about web design and maintenance (the business we both do), and then dropped him off in Mazama. The rest of the drive back to Lake Sammamish was filled with catch-up info. Found out that he was worried about not getting any SPOT responses for two days, so he called the SPOT service to ensure nothing was wrong with the device. I now know I will carry TWO fresh battery supplies from now on. Actually, my husband said, how about we buy a Sat phone for next year? I'm Gadget Girl, how could I say no....

This wraps up my section hike for this year. I met so many interesting people, experienced my first fire reroute, dealt with irritating deer, learned I can hike bigger miles than I thought, and can't wait for next year when I tackle California!

Gadget Girl

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PCT Section Hike - Stevens Pass To Canadian Border

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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