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Day 47: Baby Steps 

Day 47: Baby Steps 

We groaned as we picked up our packs and put them not on our backs but on our thighs and then swung them onto our backs with a thud and sharp exhalation.

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Day 44: Done with the Desert

Day 44: Done with the Desert

Bedazzled, Vipr, and I awoke at Chimney Creek Campground at 4:00 and packed up quickly. We were on a mission to get to Kennedy Meadows and put the cabosh on the desert section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Day 43: Dwindling Desert 

Day 43: Dwindling Desert 

After our game of Farkel last night, I was returning to my tent with Vipr and Shades when we came upon a girl puking out the door of her tent. Vipr gave her some electrolyte powder and encouraged her to mix it with water and drink little sips every 3-4 minutes. The girl, who was from Canada, said she would drink it in the morning because she didn’t want to throw it up…

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Day 42: Did I Puke?

Day 42: Did I Puke?

There was some last minute debate among the group about whether to hike today or try to hitch to Lake Isabella. Valdy wanted to hitch, Burnout wanted to hike, as did Bedazzled and myself, and Fun Dip and Vipr were indifferent. There was a vote and going to town won, but somehow everyone packed up and started hiking.

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Day 41: A Papal Visit

Day 41: A Papal Visit

The sky was awash with color as we rose sleepily from our slumber. Standing around our tents, we looked out on a kaleidoscope of colors slowly rising over the mountains heralding the arrival of the sun. We moved stiffly from yesterday’s effort, but were set on leaving camp quickly before the temperature creeped any higher.

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Day 40: M.I.A.

Day 40: M.I.A.

We woke up in the rocky and pine covered foothills of the Sierra believing we had left the desert behind. There were pine needles to cushion our feet and shade overhead as we walked down the trail in the predawn light. We relished in the easy miles as we crossed flat ground and descended over the hills towards the first water 7 miles away.

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Day 39: Cruising in the Desert

Day 39: Cruising in the Desert

After a tough day yesterday, we hoisted our slightly lighter packs and headed down the trail. I got a great sleep on Burnout’s old Neoair sleeping pad. He replaced it because it had a micro hole and would deflate over night, but it stayed inflated all night for me. I am also now using my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 tent, which my mom brought to me. It’s sturdy and free standing so it should be good for the up coming Sierra section of the trail.

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Day 38: Paradise Lost

Day 38: Paradise Lost

We woke up at 4:30. It was hard to get out of bed, especially after a nero and two zero days in Mojave and Tehachapi. I don’t normally write about town days because I am aware that being back in civilization isn’t as exciting for you, the reader, as it is for me, but I’ll give you a recap.

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Day 35: Kindness in Tehachapi 

Day 35: Kindness in Tehachapi 

We woke up in our cowboy camp near the wind farm, which was surprisingly unwindy last night. There were only seven miles left until the trail would cross Tehachapi Willow Springs Road, our hitch spot to get into town, and it was all down hill!

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Day 34: Lazy Breeze

Day 34: Lazy Breeze

We woke up to the sound of wind turbines and a rising sun burning on the horizon. The Joshua Trees stood silently as we packed up our camp and climbed out of the ravine back to the trail.

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Day 33: More than a Marathon

Day 33: More than a Marathon

We woke up in a cloud again, but this time we also had howling wind to welcome us back to the land of the living. On top of that, I set up my tent near a dead tree and heard it creeking all night. I was worried it would fall on me. Luckily, it didn’t. When I did sleep, I was woken a number of times when the high winds caused the side of the tent to slam into my head. Fun times.

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Day 32: A Wet Awakening 

Day 32: A Wet Awakening 

I awoke to the sensation of water hitting my face and my eyes snapped open. We were in a cloud and it was starting to rain. I sat up and reached into my pack, pulled out my tent, and started to pitch it. I laid it out, staked in the front and back, and threw my sleeping bag in it to keep it from getting soaked.

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Day 31: Hasta Luego Casa de Luna

Day 31: Hasta Luego Casa de Luna

I woke up well rested in the Manzanita forest of Casa de Luna. For all the talk of it being a party place, the owner Terry set clear rules that the forest is for sleeping and in front of the house is for those looking to party.

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Day 30: A Foray into Night Hiking

Day 30: A Foray into Night Hiking

Today marks my 1 month trailversary, and it was also my longest day of hiking as well at 25 miles! I am so grateful for this experience where everyday is full of surprises, challenges, and happiness.

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Day 29: Oasis in the Desert

Day 29: Oasis in the Desert

At Bedazzled’s suggestion, we started hiking even earlier today waking up at 4:30 and hitting the trail by 5:00. As we have dropped in elevation over the past few days, the temperature has risen, and we are already hitting the high 80s. This is more like the desert we have been expecting, but that certainly doesn’t mean we are happy campers. The heat was a shock from the cooler temperatures up in the mountains.

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Owen Rojek

I am following my passions for the outdoors, simple-living and photography. Hiking the PCT in 2017 is my first step in this pursuit. Follow along and I hope to meet you on trail one day.

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