PCT Day 68: Bear Sighting

June 28

Mile 14321.1-1458.0 (25.9)

I slept in late, feeling sleepy and slow even as the sun heated up my tent. I thought the heat would motivate me but it had the opposite effect.

Only two miles down the trail I looked up to see a huge hairy brown butt running from me. A bear! It crashed through the woods until it felt safe. I talked to it as I walked pass, assuring it I was moving through and apologizing for the disturbance. I did not feel scared, I only felt wonder.

The trail was overgrown here and there all morning. This section, like many in the last few days, needs a haircut. 

I drank lots of water and stopped at most water sources to fill up. The springs and creeks are flowing well at this point in the season. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with a drought. It’s good enough reason to embrace all the snow.

At midday, there were half a dozen southbounders in ones and twos who passed me. Some thru hikers who flipped, some doing smaller sections. Then, back to solitude.

The afternoon was beautiful. The trail followed a ridge loosely, meandering back and forth and up and down. On one side was Mt. Shasta. Low green hills all around. And a breeze! A gentle wind takes the edge off a hot day like nothing else. Almost as good as a swimming hole.


I camped next to a dirt road that I’m hoping no one drives up at night. It’s still hot but will cool down as darkness sets. I just heard that Pat got to Oregon safely with our trailer full of stuff. Tonight I’m going to dream about cold rivers, piney trail, and town food.

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One thought on “PCT Day 68: Bear Sighting

  1. …and the mountain’s getting bigger and BIGGER…
    Glad Pat’s in Oregon – we had a good time at breakfast with him!

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