The morning at Casa de Luna started out with another great treat: pancakes for breakfast. (And also, coffee, for those who drink it.)
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With Casa de Luna only 12.3 trail miles away (and another two miles of roadwalk), I wanted to get going relatively early so I could spend more time relaxing. I managed to get up early enough to get going shortly after 7.
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The first shuttle of the day into town was at 7. In theory, if I was efficient about it, I could have packed everything up before then, gone into town for breakfast, and then hiked out from there no later than 8:30. I might have actually been ready by then, except I saw Hulkspiration while I was packing, and then spent a good half hour talking with him instead of finishing.
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My extremely busy zero day, involving two shuttles into to town, three restaurants, a trip to REI, a food resupply, and a trip to a movie theater, started off somewhat relaxed, with a ride into Agua Dulce for breakfast.
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I left the campground near the North Fork Ranger Station a little after 7. The morning started off with the trail winding through green mountains, with a patchy ceiling of clouds. Then, the trail dropped nearly 2,000 feet into the valley between mountains, containing the (tiny) Santa Clara River.
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