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53 Interesting Facts About the Number 53 #13: 53 Faces from 53 Miles on the PCT

April 5, 2015
PCT Class of 2015 shadow self

PCT Class of 2015 shadow self

In 2015 each week on Sunday I strive to publish an interesting fact about the number 53.

2015 is also the 3oth anniversary of my hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Last week I hiked the first 53 miles from Mexico to Pioneer Mail Picnic Area.

For this week’s interesting fact about the number 53, here are 53 faces I met during those 53 miles–starting with the first person I met, El Rocko.

PCT Class of 2015 Art Predator and El Rocko

PCT Class of 2015 Art Predator and El Rocko

Because I was walking south, I also met these 27 faces on the first day:

On the second day I didn’t meet as many people –or get as many photographs of the faces I met:

But the third day I met lots of folk, starting with Tamela and Papa Bear who were in Mount Laguna with Amy and Chris talking with Pilsbury who did the PCT last year.  No one was more important to my 53 miles than Trail Angel Tiffany who helped me shuttle my car.


Tiffany Trail Angel and Art Predator

Tiffany Trail Angel and Art Predator

Many of us all hung out in the shade together during the heat of the day so I added a few more faces to my 53 (and some of the photos I took aren’t showing up so hmn will have to add them to this post):

Day 4 I didn’t meet too many people –and two day hikers were decidedly unfriendly so I didn’t even want their photos! And then in the rush of the moment I didn’t get photos of the two men who gave me a ride from Pioneer Mail Picnic area back to my car!


While this may not seem to add up to 53 to you, it does to me. Check back with this post and see how it evolves–because right now there are just too many mysteries at this late hour for me to solve.

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  1. April 15, 2015 4:11 pm

    It is amazing! Very impressive! I wish you good luck for the rest of the trail!

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