Volcanic Lava
Pacific Crest Trail Quest '08 - Page 16
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6.25.08
Today got started off on the right foot.  I found a bag of apples that someone named
Meadow Man had left for us hikers.  From there I headed over 10,000 feet for the last time
on the trail.  It wasn't even that snowy.  The trail was pretty easy going, but there was a lot
of up and down.  At least the mosquitoes weren't too bad.

I did manage to cut my leg on a stick today, but I hiked 31 miles, and the volcanic
landscape is a nice change of pace.

I forgot to mention I saw a bear yesterday.  This makes 2 bear sightings so far.  This one
was almost blond in color and ran away as soon as I saw it.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a
picture.
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6.26.08
I seem to be in a bad mosquito stretch again.  They're falling into my soup on the stove
outside as I write.  Luckily, I'll be in town tomorrow and can buy some more bug spray.  I'm
out now, and I really wish I wasn't.

The trail was easy today and I made it 30 miles by 7:30 tonight.  There was a lot of
pointless meandering on this stretch, but every mile is one mile closer to Canada, even if
I'm going south.

I was hit by a thunderstorm this afternoon.  It wasn't that bad, but I did get pea sized hail for
about 10 minutes.  The hail quickly turned to light snow that lasted about an hour.  I hiked
straight through it.  This was my first chance to try out my rain gear, although I'm sure
there'll be lots more.  So far, so good.

I hate to think how many dead mosquitoes are in my soup right now.  
Oh well. I'm hungry.
6.24.08
I dreamed last night that I was covered in mosquitoes.  When I woke up this morning, my
dream came true.  My tent was covered in them, and as soon as I unzipped the door, I was
covered in them.  They were unbearable until mid-afternoon when the rock around me
switched from granite to volcanic lava.  The lava drains much better and there weren't all
the swampy areas I had been hiking through.  My guidebook says I'll be hiking on lava for
the next 500 miles.

I came to a place where the trail climbs over 10,000 feet for about 6 miles this afternoon.  I
could see a thunderstorm on the horizon.  I was nervous about being up high in a storm,
so I took a jeep road detour mentioned in my guidebook.  There was no map of this
detour, only a description, but it was below the tree line, so off I went.  Needless to say, I
got lost.  I ended up on highway 108 which the PCT crosses an Sonora Pass.  I started
walking uphill and 3 hours later I was back on the trail.  I would have hitchhiked, but only 2
cars went by and neither one stopped.  I set up camp having covered 30 trail miles, but
over 35 real miles.  It was a long 14 hour day and I'll sleep well tonight.
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