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Food on their mind, backpackers make their way into Canada after five-month trek

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WALKER CANYON, AZ - MARCH 06: Allan Buchanan, a volunteer for the non-profit Samaritans, hikes to place jugs of water along a remote immigrant trail near the Mexican border on March 6, 2013 in Walker Canyon, Arizona. The Samaritans group distributes water along the trails with the aim of reducing immigrant deaths due to dehydration during their long trek from Mexico into the United States, often through remote desert areas.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Allan Buchanan, a volunteer for the non-profit Samaritans, hikes to place jugs of water along a remote immigrant trail near the Mexican border on March 6, 2013 in Walker Canyon, Arizona.

The trip can be grueling for hikers — toenails fall off and their feet can swell whole shoe sizes — the only thing they talk about more than their feet is food.

Right now, backpackers are crossing into Canada after five months of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. These "thru-hikers" started the trail in Mexico, and have traversed 2,650 miles. It can be grueling for hikers. Their toenails fall off, and their feet can swell whole shoe sizes. They say the only thing they talk about more than their feet is food.

For California Reports' ongoing series "California Foodways," Lisa Morehouse visits a makeshift cafe on the Sonora Pass section of the trail, where hikers indulge in the first fresh fruit and sweet treats they've had in weeks, 

Read the full story: Pacific Crest Trail Hikers Find Refuge at the Sonora Pass Cafe

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