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Road Trip’n

As all best laid plans go, they are mere suggestions.  In our ernest to get outta dodge by 1000, it turned into noon, and could have been later had we just not said “screw it”, let’s go.  “Short” trips are … Continue reading

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It’s a matter of Altitude

So off we set on another adventure, to summit Mt. Whitney…the tallest mountain in the lower 48.  While the trip will a “short” one, (a “mere” 40.7 miles or so) the significance of this particular adventure will combine two of … Continue reading

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Home Stretch

* Apologies for delay in the final post for this trip.  Home life sorta gets in the way and things get complicated…hence the draw for hiking long trails. At 0615am Paul’s phone rings.  What?  Why is his phone ringing?  I … Continue reading

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Tatonka

During the night it rained, and rained hard, but when we awake the only real evidence that it even rained was the large droplets of water resting on our rain flies.  Since Southern California has been plagued by drought, the … Continue reading

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Starlight and Beer

Before nodding off to sleep, we all agreed to NOT set wake up alarms.  We figured we had earned the right to sleep in.  When we did the PCT, Paul’s alarm would go off at 0530 each morning whether we … Continue reading

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Land Ho!

Our 26 mile passage across the sea (Pacific Ocean to be exact) proceeded flawlessly.  The seas were calm and teaming with sea mammals frolicking in the wake of boat.  A pod of over 100 dolphins flanked us as we motored … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle

In an effort to prep for our Cottonwood Pass approach for our assault of Mt. Whitney in June, we are headed out to the island of Catalina for a “warm-up” backpacking trip.  As stated in our previous post, we have … Continue reading

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Memories of our first “thru-hike” – The Trans Catalina Trail

So years ago (circa 2012), we figured it would be a good idea before we actually began major planning for the PCT to see if attempting a thru-hike was really something in our wheelhouse.  Based on its close proximity, we … Continue reading

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Tahoe Rim Trial -Barker Pass to Tahoe City

Lessons Learned: A flat mattress weighs more than a patch kit. If you are smelly and dirty, you become invisible. Ice Cold Beer is proof God loves us!   Within minutes of bedding down, Paul’s mattress goes flat.  We search … Continue reading

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Tahoe Rim Trail – Fontanillis Lake to Barker Pass

Lessons Learned: PCT hikers (by this point) are walking machines! Often it is easier to get into a lake than out of one. The Desolation Wilderness is NOT desolate!   We awoke to find, pleasantly, that we had not been … Continue reading

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