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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 18, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Mar 25th, 2015
Start: USFS Rd 67 south of Mt. Albert Lookout
End: Hwy 64--Winding Stair Gap
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 110.1

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 46
Journal Visits: 361
Guestbook Views: 40
Guestbook Entrys: 0

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The trail was a real cruise after the rocky, steep climb up to the fire lookout. I was passed by Harry from Florida several times. I was fueled by pancakes made by Fishin Fred. No lack of food on this trail. I met Suzanne a couple miles before Winding Stair Gap--I was alerted to her presence when I heard the yellow lab Chiloquin barking on the other side of a ridge I was climbing up. Warden and White Hawk (with stuffed bear Clarence) passed us right before the gap. The Budget Inn in Franklin had taken our reservation for rooms the week before, but when we pulled up--they said sorry, no rooms available--there was a glitch. Okay--so we went to the Sapphire Inn down the street. The rooms were nice--good heaters, coin laundry and a computer in the lobby of the hotel. I quickly did my laundry and we went out for dinner at Motor City restaurant downtown. I had a greek salad with chicken, chicken and rice soup and sweet potato fries and an IPA from Massachusetts. We walked around the downtown--nice outdoor store where I bough another bandanna and Suzanne bought some croakies. They have a knitting store, book store and art gallery downtown we will check out tomorrow. I heard that this Saturdy night would have record cold temps, so I made a reservation at the Nantahala Outdoor Center to stay in a bunkhouse that night. Is this where the PCT is headed? I, for one, don't mind--as long as I'm hiking the trail every day I don't need to camp on it every day. I heard that some people "yellow blaze" the trail, meaning drive an approximate route, and others "blue blaze" it taking shortcut trails to avoid big climbs. Not me--I will "white blaze" it--going the entire official route. Some noisy trail groupies partying above us kept us awake in the evening, even entreaties by the motel manager had no effect. so I turned on the room fan to drown them with white noise.

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