Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 70

Day 70
July 29th
19.5 miles
PCT mile 1296.5

12.5 miles to Belden Town Resort this morning, the last 8 of which you drop from 6200 ft of elevation to 2200ft. Pretty steep switchbacks but descent soft terrain. It was hot by the time I got there at 1pm. Pilsbury was at the Braaten's (trail angels home) resupplying about a mile down the road. It was pretty hot to continue on, considering the 14 mile climb and 6000ft of elevation gain I had in front of me. So I called the Braaten's for a ride to their place and Pilsbury and I hung out until it cooled down and we were ready to go back out on the trail.

We walked down to the Caribou Crossroads Cafe for lunch, shakes and air conditioning. I indulged in 2 shakes since we were taking our time enjoying the AC.

Shake #1-Coffee

Shake #2- Chocolate 

 Back at the Braaten's I took a cool shower and got ready to head back out. We got a ride back to the trailhead at 5:30. Just as we were getting out of the car Brenda Braaten warns us: "Beware of the kerosene eating, garbage loving bear at 8 miles into your climb, I'd advice not to camp there."

At the trailhead we found some apple trees and picked some apples. A quarter mile later blackberry bushes! We stopped to eat some.

Picking blackberries

Three miles into the climb it was 7pm. We looked at the camping situation and decided to continue for 4 more miles and camp, before the "kerosene eating bear" territory. We were deep into the forest and neither of us are fond of camping in the deep forest and I had warned Pilsbury of my past nights experiences and my belief of the woods being haunted so we set our tents up literarily side by side. We did hear lots of noises and tried to scare the noises away but after they wouldn't leave we investigated further, there was a deer just outside our tents. Pilsbury was relieved and said deer are we left the deer alone to play in the night outside our tents as we tried to get a restful night of sleep.

Sandhill Crane on the trail this morning

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