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Kootenai Falls, Montana:  Stop here!

Kootenai Falls, Montana: Stop here!

Kootenai Falls is on Highway 2, which crosses Northern Montana and takes you all the way to Glacier National Park. Noelle here, by the way. The drive itself is beautiful as we meandered through mountains and valleys and along rivers. I'd read about the falls on...

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Gear section under construction

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Steve and Noelle:  proof of life

Steve and Noelle: proof of life

Hi friends and family! Colleen, here’s further proof of life...we know...it’s been a while! We’ve been super busy in Colorado Springs since we returned from Vietnam to quarantine earlier this year. We then stayed to help liquidate and sell Steve’s parents’ home and...

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Vietnamese Drivers and  how to cross the street

Vietnamese Drivers and how to cross the street

Vietnamese drivers! Let me tell you, we were forewarned. Noelle here, by the way. We read many a blog post, travel book advisory, news articles and Reddit posts too, and they all had one theme in common, beware the Vietnamese drivers! How to cross the street in...

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The New Covid Normal

The New Covid Normal

The new Covid normal is so many things that are brand new. Frankly, most of the new normal isn't all that normal or all that great. The New Covid Normal: txting about important topics I'm now txting with my dad about fairly serious topics. We’ve really started to...

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Corona virus: traveling during the outbreak

Corona virus: traveling during the outbreak

Noelle's thoughts on the road Corona Virus, Covid-19, The Virus: it's pretty much the main conversation in person and online right now. I'm writing this aboard a plane about to take off from Bangkok, heading to Hanoi, Vietnam. The announcements and instructions are...

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Floating Market: Visit Bangkok's Damnoen Saduak

Floating Market: Visit Bangkok's Damnoen Saduak

Day trip from Bangkok Touring the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one item on both our bucket lists! I had this romantic notion of women selling wares to each other along a canal, where I picture an intimate community market in boats. A glimpse into a lifestyle is...

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Wat Suthat: Bangkok’s Jewel of a Temple

Wat Suthat: Bangkok’s Jewel of a Temple

Wat Suthat proved to be one of the best temples we've explored yet! It's grounds are amazing and the sense of peace in the air is palpable. This is one of Bangkok's jewels! But first...time for pampering Noelle here: After walking a couple blocks from our hotel, we...

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Grief, mourning and trains

Grief, mourning and trains

Noelle here: What a full last few months we've had. From Pacific Crest Trail hiking to the daily intensity of assisting aging parents and back to the trail again, a couple times. It felt chaotic and unsettling, like being sling shot from a canon. Crater Lake, Oregon...

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Bangkok Day trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand

Bangkok Day trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand

Historic City of Ayutthaya World Unesco Site Noelle here: First, a little history, because we travel to learn new things about new places...plus I'm a geek and this stuff is fascinating for me! Ayutthaya, Thailand was founded in 1350 and flourished between the 14th...

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My Top 10 Bangkok Street Foods

My Top 10 Bangkok Street Foods

Noelle here: If you know me, you know I love to eat. I’m excited to eat new things, cook new dishes, peruse recipes on Pinterest for hours. I just love food! It’s probably why I got Bangkok Belly...I try everything, even when sometimes I should maybe exercise caution....

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Bangkok Belly

Bangkok Belly

Noelle here: I’ve been sick for about four days now. It’s Bangkok Belly. It’s a thing. The first day was just a little upset stomach. I thought it was because I ate a whole mango, part for dinner, part the next morning for breakfast (refrigerated in between). The...

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Highlights of Bangkok’s Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha

Highlights of Bangkok’s Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha

Noelle here: We’ve spent a couple days touring Wats now. It’s definitely sensory overload. So beautiful and intricately detailed. It’s a little overwhelming, not to mention so stinking hot. We keep saying we’re getting up early. Then we don’t. It’s freakin hot. Don’t...

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Bangkok – three early favorites

Bangkok – three early favorites

Noelle here: It’s been a relaxing week. Napping, reading, wandering around our neighborhood. I’ve felt emotionally and physically drained, plus recovering from a cold that swept through our family back home. So the down time has been good. Steve relaxing on the...

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Chatuchak Weekend Market: Explore, Shop & Eat!

Chatuchak Weekend Market: Explore, Shop & Eat!

Noelle here: Two great things happened yesterday as we made our way to the Chatuchak Weekend Market! First and maybe most significant is that we took the BTS Skytrain for the first time. It was pretty easy and now we know we can go wherever we want! The second great...

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Off on a new adventure

Off on a new adventure

Noelle here: The last week has been so difficult and also so inspiring. My dad passed from this life to the next. He’s off to dance with my mom again. To sit beside his savior. He’s at peace from the struggle of Parkinson’s and can rest. Two of my sisters, Steve, a...

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Happy New Year

Noelle here: We’ve stayed pretty busy lately. More busy than you’d expect for not having jobs. 🤣 We hiked in snow and sunshine one afternoon in Colorado! We were back in the Portland area for the Christmas holidays, just being with family ❤️. Getting a chance to...

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A long goodbye

A long goodbye

I’m not sure in which specific year I started calling my mom on New Year’s Eve, at the stroke of midnight, to wish her a happy New Years. Last min REI pre-PCT stop I think it started when I was in my early twenties. We were discussing New Years traditions and my mom...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Today we're lucky enough to be home in Portland Oregon celebrating Christmas with some of our children and grandchildren. We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Thank you for following our adventures this year! Soon we'll have lots more to share with you...we...

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Missing the PCT

Missing the PCT

Noelle here: I’m greatly missing the Pacific Crest Trail today. The Northern terminus but not our end I’m missing the peace, the friendships, the physical hardness, the mountains, lakes, valleys. I’m missing all of it. It’s been stressful and chaotic since we’ve been...

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PCT: VLOG: Episode 12

PCT: VLOG: Episode 12

This week we continue our northbound trek and head for Kenney Meadows. Kennedy Meadows signifies the end of the desert hiking and the beginning of the Sierra Mountain range. PCT Episode 12

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Goal Setting for the PCT and why I hike

Goal setting for hiking or working or relationships or just living have been a huge part of my life.  Noelle here, by the way.  Deciding to hike the Pacific Crest Trail was no different.  How would I break up a huge goal into smaller more manageable...

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PCT: VLOG Episode 11

PCT: VLOG Episode 11

Episode 11 Episode 11 with commentary This week we channel our inner Don Quixote's as we night hike, encounter high desert temperatures and try to find shade in the withering heat.

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PCT: Post Trail day 13

PCT: Post Trail day 13

We left the trail in California and went straight to my parents home in Colorado. Pretty much all of our non-hiking possessions are in storage in Portland. Our first week here in Colorado was just crazy. Moving my parents into an assisted living/memory care facility....

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So what’s next for us?

So what’s next for us?

Noelle here: All along we've planned to take two years off from regular jobs and life. We knew we were hiking a trail, then returning home, then heading to Southeast Asia for a few months. We planned a lot for the trail but so far no solid plans other than knowing we...

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PCT SoBo: and so it goes…

PCT SoBo: and so it goes…

Noelle here: Steve and I ambled along, making our way back to the van. He read the group texts from his siblings and the individual texts I had with them separately. I told him about the hikers who'd ended their hike that day due to weather. We hiked along. I could...

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PCT: Day 192: In it to win it! Part 2

PCT: Day 192: In it to win it! Part 2

Miles today: 20Trail miles sum: 2016.8SOBO Trail location: 1322.8Elevation: 5051Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Seong-Jin Cho While I was hiking in the afternoon I had cell reception for a few moments. I saw 30+ messages...

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PCT: Day 192: In it to win it! Part 1

PCT: Day 192: In it to win it! Part 1

Miles today: 20Trail miles sum: 2016.8SOBO Trail location: 1322.8Elevation: 5051Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Seong-Jin Cho It was 26 degrees this morning when I started hiking. Just a tiny bit nippy! I’m such a sucker...

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PCT SoBo: Old Station to Chester

PCT SoBo: Old Station to Chester

Noelle here: It's cold. Holy smokes, it's cold! This morning was supposed to get down to 26. I believe that's probably true. Steve just left the van for day 2. Yesterday he did 27 miles and today will be shorter around 20. I hiked a bit over six miles and realized two...

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PCT: Day 191: Going for broke

PCT: Day 191: Going for broke

Miles today: 27Trail miles sum: 1997.8SOBO Trail location: 1302.8Elevation: 5651Spinning on the turntable: U2: The Joshua Tree It’s so good to be back on the trail! The air is crisp and clear. When we bumped north from Kennedy Meadows to Old Station in June I recall...

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PCT Southbound: Old Station

PCT Southbound: Old Station

Noelle here: Well, we did it! We started our journey back to the trail. While my sister, brother-in-law and I were at the hospital, busting Dad out, Steve was packing up the van. He met us and we all made a little parade down the hospital corridor and to the front...

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PCT: September blog stats

PCT: September blog stats

Hi Friends! Each month we look forward to looking at our website and learning where all our readers are “from”. Based on a reader suggestion we added Sakis Rouvas to our music playlist as a catnip for the Greeks. Sadly, it seemed to have the opposite effect and our...

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PCT: Weight loss, finance, distance analysis

PCT: Weight loss, finance, distance analysis

My weight loss continued throughout Washington. I’m down about another ten pounds equating to a total weight loss of roughly 60lbs/27kg. I’m finding that I’m getting cold much easier. My butt is boney and I’m missing the extra fat padding. When I sit on a hard chair...

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PCT: Hoping to get back to the trail

PCT: Hoping to get back to the trail

Noelle here: We're hoping to head back to California tomorrow. It's now been two weeks since the Washington border. My dad has three fresh stents in his heart's arteries. It was the best outcome we could have hoped for given the Parkinson's and the severity of plaque...

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PCT: What to do?

PCT: What to do?

When we began our trek in March, Noelle’s sisters were cleaning up hers dads house, holding an estate sale, and then moving him from Louisiana to an assisted living facility in Washington. It was a stressful way for Noelle to begin the trek. Today, as I write this...

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PCT Between the trail and reality

PCT Between the trail and reality

Noelle here: Its been over a week since Steve finished Washington. We drove down through Vancouver, WA to see family for a couple days, with the expectation that we'd visit then head to California for the rest of the trail. We had such a wonderful time. We relaxed,...

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PCT: Oh Canada!

PCT: Oh Canada!

Noelle here: Yesterday I drove into Canada. So freakin crazy that we're finally here. I know there are still miles owed to California, but for now we're here! I left Rainy Pass and made it to Manning Park in the early evening. The Northern Cascades looked just as...

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PCT: Day 172: End of the line

PCT: Day 172: End of the line

Miles today: 14.6Trail miles sum: 1970.8Trail location: 2653.1Elevation: 4247Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: EUSA Winter is arriving Looking at the weather forecast this morning and seeing snow isn’t so surprising. It’s been cold and damp the past few days...

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PCT: Last day in Washington

PCT: Last day in Washington

Noelle here: I guess technically it's the last full day in Washington, as Steve will have about ten miles left tomorrow to get to the monument and 8.5 to get to the van. There's been a ton of trail magic for the hikers in Washington but I think everyone is still ready...

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PCT: Day 171

PCT: Day 171

Miles today: 21.7Trail miles sum: 1956.2Trail location: 2638.5Elevation: 6193Spinning on the turntable: Neil Young: Songs for Judy It was raining when I woke up this morning, so I went back to sleep. After an hour the rain had slackened somewhat and I slowly began my...

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PCT: Day 170

PCT: Day 170

Miles today: 25.2Trail miles sum: 1934.5Trail location: 2616.8Elevation: 6558Spinning on the turntable: The Killers: Direct Hits It was nice to hike today without the constant rain. Tedium, yet again, in the continual up and down in the green tunnel. These berries...

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PCT: Day 169

PCT: Day 169

Miles today: 14.1Trail miles sum: 1909.3Trail location: 2591.6Elevation: 4848Spinning on the turntable: Today I was hiking back to Noelle and it was going to be a short hiking day so I took a few extra minutes this morning to cook my oatmeal. I'm completely sick of...

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PCT: Day 168

PCT: Day 168

Miles today: 28.1Trail miles sum: 1895Trail location: 2577.3Elevation: 2107Spinning on the turntable: It was another wet day of hiking. I try to repeat a mantra to myself of the things I’m grateful for as I hike. I am grateful that the rain isn’t pouring down. I am...

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PCT Friends

PCT Friends

Noelle here: Most afternoons I hike Southbound (SOBO) towards Steve. I get to see so many hikers walking my way. It’s great fun. I can immediately distinguish day hikers and weekend or short section hikers from Long Ass Section Hikers (LASH) and thru hikers. The day...

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PCT: Day 165: Hiking in the rain

PCT: Day 165: Hiking in the rain

Miles today: 24.4Trail miles sum: 1866.9Trail location: 2549.2Elevation: 4552Spinning on the turntable: The traveling Wilburys collection I started the day with the big climb with all the switchbacks that I mentioned yesterday. It wasn’t terrible. It was however, very...

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PCT Van Life

PCT Van Life

Noelle here: I'm at Stevens Pass. I got here on Monday. Was that Labor Day? I think so. The only people in the parking lot were hikers. It's really pretty and quiet here. Met a past thru hiker who was out trail angel-ing. She and her partner live in a van, so it was...

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PCT: Day 164: Temporary rain delay

PCT: Day 164: Temporary rain delay

Miles today: 0Trail miles sum: 1842.5Trail location: 2524.8Elevation: 3603Reading: George R. Stewart: Earth Abides Today has been very rainy. I awoke at 5AM, heard the rain pounding on the tent and resent the alarm for 7AM. At 7AM the rain was still coming down in...

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PCT: Day 163

PCT: Day 163

Miles today: 15.6Trail miles sum: 1842.5Trail location: 2524.8Elevation: 3603Spinning on the turntable: Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium I started the day with hiking through a multitude of water hazards. This is the trail! I'm trying to move from log to log, stone to...

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PCT: Day 162: Berry belly

PCT: Day 162: Berry belly

Miles today: 22Trail miles sum: 1826.9Trail location: 2509.2Elevation: 3939Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: In2uition I started the day out with a berry blow out at 6AM. I managed to make it about fifty yards from camp before the explosion occurred. Sorry fellow...

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PCT: Day 161

PCT: Day 161

Miles today: 22.7Trail miles sum: 1804.9Trail location: 2487.2Elevation: 4776Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: Score Noelle hiked out with me this morning and then returned to the van after ten miles. It’s wonderful when she hikes with me and terrible when she...

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PCT: Day 160

PCT: Day 160

Miles today: 28.4 Trail miles sum: 1782.2 Trail location: 2464.5 Elevation: 4075 Spinning on the turntable: Podcast: Freakonics Washington is certainly providing spectacular, panoramic, jaw dropping, in your face nature scenes. Washington is also making us pay for...

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PCT: Day 159

PCT: Day 159

Miles today: 22.6 Trail miles sum: 1756.7 Trail location: 2436 Elevation: 4694 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Joel: Live through the years The helicopters continued to move about the valley this morning in their search and rescue. I have no idea of any specifics. A...

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PCT: Day 158

PCT: Day 158

Miles today: 19.5 Trail miles sum: 1732.1 Trail location: 2413.4 Elevation: 3247 Spinning on the turntable: Sakis Rouvas: Parafora We started the day with a nice little six mile uphill slog. We hiked the Kendall cat walk together. VFat had strongly recommended this...

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PCT: Day 156

PCT: Day 156

Miles today: 18.5 Trail miles sum: 1711.6 Trail location: 2393.9 Elevation: 3028 Spinning on the turntable: Pitch Perfect It's humid this morning. The weather is debating between rain and not rain and can't seem to decide in which direction to land. I'd actually...

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PCT: Day 155

PCT: Day 155

Miles today: 27.9 Trail miles sum: 1693.1 Trail location: 2375.4 Elevation: 3664 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 When this tru-hike is over I'll miss the morning sunshine and solitude. I'm now picking the tiny wild strawberries. The...

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PCT Day Hike: Chinook Pass on Mt. Rainier

PCT Day Hike: Chinook Pass on Mt. Rainier

Noelle here: Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest. ...John Muir I'm in love with this mountain, ever since Steve and I backpacked the Wonderland Trail some 20+ years ago. She holds such happy...

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PCT: Day 154

PCT: Day 154

Miles today: 23.2 Trail miles sum: 1665.2 Trail location: 2347.5 Elevation: 4765 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 Epic view huh? I heard elk bellowing last night as I drifted to sleep. Someone saw a bear in this area so I'm keeping a...

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PCT: VLOG: Episode 9

PCT: VLOG: Episode 9

PCT Episode 9 PCT Episode 9 with commentary  This week we return to the trail with a new camper van and hike through Vasquez Rocks.

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PCT: Day 153: Mt. Rainier

PCT: Day 153: Mt. Rainier

Miles today: 28.9 Trail miles sum: 1642 Trail location: 2324.4 Elevation: 5427 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 A rather chilly start to my morning at 44 degrees Fahrenheit. No rain though, so I'm not complaining. This is the first frost...

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PCT: Day 151: Goat rocks

PCT: Day 151: Goat rocks

Miles today: 21.3 Trail miles sum: 1613.1 Trail location: 2295.4 Elevation: 4410 Spinning on the turntable: Today was all about clearing the Knife's Edge on Old Snowy Mountain. Today was the first time I was truly concerned about seriously hurting myself with a trip,...

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PCT: Day 150: Goat rocks

PCT: Day 150: Goat rocks

Miles today: 22.6 Trail miles sum: 1591.8 Trail location: 2274.1 Elevation: 5993 Spinning on the turntable: Trampled by turtles: Life is good on the open road Have I mentioned how much I enjoy looking at the mushrooms that I can't identify? So many colors! The...

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PCT: Day 149

PCT: Day 149

Miles today: 22.1 Trail miles sum: 1569.2 Trail location: 2251.5 Elevation: 4767 Spinning on the turntable: Trampled by turtles: Life is good on the open road The rain looks beautiful on the foliage, and soaks my shoes and socks. I'm now rotating my socks after about...

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PCT: Day 148

PCT: Day 148

Miles today: 6.5 Trail miles sum: 1547.1 Trail location: 2229.4 Elevation: 3894 Spinning on the turntable: Rain, rain go away... Storm warning on the weather forecast so I hustled 6.5 miles to a close pick up point and Noelle picked me up. Other hikers were doing the...

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PCT: Day 147

PCT: Day 147

Miles today: 25.6 Trail miles sum: 1541.6 Trail location: 2223 Elevation: 3508 Spinning on the turntable: James McMurty: Complicated Game It's great seeing the older PCT signs embedded in the trees as the trees have begun to encapsulate the metal. I'm looking for...

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PCT: Day 146

PCT: Day 146

Miles today: 31 Trail miles sum: 1516 Trail location: 2198.3 Elevation: 3500 Spinning on the turntable: Steve Perry: Sun Shines Grey Survey says....long uphill climb. The climb this morning was very humid. The weather forecast indicated it would be about 85% this...

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PCT: First week of Washington

PCT: First week of Washington

Noelle here: What a wonderful last week at home and a great couple days back on trail! We had such a good time visiting family. We ran out of time to see any friends, next time! This morning I realized we were parked near this grave on the Washington side of the...

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PCT: Day 145: Entering Washington

PCT: Day 145: Entering Washington

Miles today: 19.6 Trail miles sum: 1485 Trail location: 2167.3 Elevation: 1246 Spinning on the turntable: Foreigner: No end in sight: The very best I left the Bridge of the Gods this morning and started hiking the Washington section of the PCT. I hit the trail at 6AM...

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My heart of hearts

My heart of hearts

Noelle here: We're coming in on the two year anniversary of Steve's open heart surgery, as I write this. He's so skinny now that I tease him about his pacemaker popping right out of his skin soon! I'm so thankful to be able to joke with him. I'm simply thankful to...

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Cardiac Failure

Cardiac Failure

Cardiac failure wasn't on my mind until three years ago. Two years ago today I had open heart surgery. The surgery has impacted nearly every single aspect of our lives. Our lives today have very little semblance to our lives of two or three years ago. Cardiac failure:...

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PCT: Cascade Locks

PCT: Cascade Locks

Noelle here: My whole post could be one picture. Okay. Three pictures. Steve Bridge of the Gods Steve Danielle & boys Grandkids August 2019 But I'll add some words to amuse myself. I got to Cascade Locks fairly early in the day. Found a not great parking spot....

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PCT: VLOG Episode 7

PCT Episode 7 PCT Episode 7 With commentary This week we hike from Cajon Pass and summit Mt. Baden-Powell encountering fallen logs, rain, snow and hail.

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PCT: Day 140: Cascade Locks

PCT: Day 140: Cascade Locks

Miles today: 34 Trail miles sum: 1475.4 Trail location: 2147.7 Elevation: 78 Spinning on the turntable: Iron and Wine: Our endless numbered days Sun through the trees Today was the day to wrap up Oregon. Time to go big, or, well...uh...I guess we don't have a home to...

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PCT: last day in Oregon

PCT: last day in Oregon

Noelle here: Its 5:34am and Steve just left the van for his last day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon. I couldn't be happier for him! The next time I see him will be this evening at the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks. Well I guess technically it'll be...

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PCT: Day 139: Mt. Hood

PCT: Day 139: Mt. Hood

Miles today: 17.3 Trail miles sum: 1443.4 Trail location: 2114.7 Elevation: 3444 Spinning on the turntable: Modest Mouse: Good news for people who love bad news I woke at 5AM and looked outside. Raining, windy and cold. I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep....

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PCT: Day 138

PCT: Day 138

Miles today: 23.1 Trail miles sum: 1415.1 Trail location: 2097.4 Elevation: 6017 Spinning on the turntable: Paul Simon: The rhythm of the saints Today was a gradual but progressive uphill climb. The temp is cooler than the previous weeks (months?) and hovering in the...

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PCT: Day 136

PCT: Day 136

Miles today: 27.9 Trail miles sum: 1392.6 Trail location: 2073.9 Elevation: 3369 Spinning on the turntable: Bleachers: Terrible thrills, Vol 2 Today was all about trying for speed and distance. I'm disappointed about yesterdays hike mileage being so low, so today was...

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PCT: Olallie Lake

PCT: Olallie Lake

Noelle here: Years ago, Steve and I drove to Olallie Lake. One of our coworkers had extolled its many virtues, building it to unattainable expectations in our minds. What we found were miles of gravel road, followed by miles of pot-holed dirt road, which our car...

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PCT: July blog posts and you!

Hi Readers! Have we said thanks for following us? Thank you! We really appreciate the time you're investing in our PCT thru-hike attempt. As Noelle mentioned in her post PCT: Building Community, you're part of our trail family. Each month we're just tickled to see...

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PCT: Day 135

PCT: Day 135

Miles today: 18.6 Trail miles sum: 1363.8 Trail location: 2027.7 Elevation: 4950 Spinning on the turntable: All hiking days are not created equally. I've been pushing the miles the past week or so and today it seemed like it was body payback day. My body was just...

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PCT: Day 134

PCT: Day 134

Miles today: 26.9 Trail miles sum: 1345.6 Trail location:2027.7 Elevation: 4310 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Squire: Essential Billy Squire Today I passed my mileage halfway point of the PCT. Since I bumped up and skipped part of the Sierra, the actual distance...

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PCT: Day 133

PCT: Day 133

Miles today: 17.3 Trail miles sum: 1301.4 Trail location: 2000.9 Elevation: 4805 Spinning on the turntable: Talking Heads: Stop making sense Oh lava, how I dislike you. Even your mother, mother lava, dislikes you. I had hopes of making it to the youth camp for a free...

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PCT Day Hike: McKenzie Pass, Oregon

PCT Day Hike: McKenzie Pass, Oregon

Noelle here: I was 12 when my family moved from Louisiana to Oregon. For the first few summers, we went everywhere and saw all there was to see. Friends joked that our family had seen more of the state than lifers. Well that was a few years back, a large few, and now...

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PCT: Day 132

PCT: Day 132

Miles today: 32 Trail miles sum: 1301.4 Trail location: 1983.6 Elevation: 5308 Spinning on the turntable: Anton Batagov: The complete Phillip Glass piano etudes: Live in Moscow Glad to start a new week! Last week my total hiked distance was 159.1 miles. This week I'd...

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PCT: Day 131

PCT: Day 131

Miles today: 27 Trail miles sum: 1270.3 Trail location: 1952.6 Elevation: 4901 Spinning on the turntable: Garbage: Garbage I'm enjoying the serenity of my early morning hiking. There's just a few moments when the sunlight is perfect and the landscape is golden. This...

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PCT: VLOG Episode 6

PCT: VLOG Episode 6

PCT Episode 6 PCT Episode 6 with commentary This week we continue our thru-hike attempt and soak away our aches at Deep Creek Hot Springs in San Bernadino.

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PCT: Building Community

PCT: Building Community

Noelle here: I was texting with a friend at home about how things are going out here. How's the van? How's the trail? I mentioned that the hardest part is being so disconnected. We rarely have reception and once in a while get crappy WiFi that every other hiker has...

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PCT: Day 130

PCT: Day 130

Miles today: 19 Trail miles sum: 1243.3 Trail location: 1925.6 Elevation: 5811 Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: EUSA Today was a low mileage day to wrap up my week. The lower miles allowed Noelle and I to meet in the afternoon and spend the night in the van. I...

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OST: Day 129

OST: Day 129

Miles today: 28.3 Trail miles sum: 1224.3 Trail location: 1906.6 Elevation: 4890 Spinning on the turntable: Vienna Symphony Orchestra: Strauss Waltzes The morning started out cold! For the first time in several months I wore my hiking trousers over my hiking shorts to...

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PCT: Day 128

PCT: Day 128

Miles today: 30.5 Trail miles sum: 1196 Trail location: 1878.3 Elevation: 5831 Spinning on the turntable: Alanis Morissette: Jagged little pill I'm finding some excitement in the bigger mileage hiking days. It's a very different mindset. I need to be focused on...

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PCT: Day 127: Crater Lake

PCT: Day 127: Crater Lake

Miles today: 26.9 Trail miles sum: 1165.5 Trail location: 1847.8 Elevation: 5924 Spinning on the turntable: Paul Simon: Graceland Word of the day today (actually since last week) is that part of the PCT trail near Crater Lake is closed due to aggressive mountain lion...

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PCT: Day 125: Mosquito 🦟

PCT: Day 125: Mosquito 🦟

Miles today: 24.9 Trail miles sum: 1138.6 Trail location: 1820.9 Elevation: 6177 Spinning on the turntable: Johnny Cash: At Fulsome Prison This was my view from my campsite this morning. I've noticed in the past week or two that I need to use my headlamp when I wake...

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PCT: VLOG: Episode 5

PCT: VLOG: Episode 5

PCT Episode 5 PCT Episode 5 with commentary This week we start getting our feet wet with mulitple river crossings.

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PCT: Day 124

PCT: Day 124

Miles today: 22.3 Trail miles sum: 1113.7 Trail location: 1796 Elevation: 6697 Spinning on the turntable: The Clash: London calling Today was a long, slow, hot, mosquito infested climb. Yesterday my feet had wings, today my shoes are filled with an extra ten pounds....

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PCT: Day 123: The deer

PCT: Day 123: The deer

Miles today: 31.1 Trail miles sum: 1091.4 Trail location: 1773.7 Elevation: 5050 Spinning on the turntable: Kid Rock: Sweet Southern Sugar Today I saw 14 deer. 14! I saw a herd of about 7 deer early in the morning and then the rest were sprinkled throughout the...

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Van Life: Mice, Ashland & Oregon license plates!

Van Life: Mice, Ashland & Oregon license plates!

Noelle here: I waited for Steve near Mt Ashland, about six (?) miles south of the town. It seemed like a long wait, especially when I learned after the fact that there actually was a road I didn't see on the maps that could have taken me close to the border where I...

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PCT: Day 122: Forest fire

PCT: Day 122: Forest fire

Miles today: 23.9 Trail miles sum: 1060.3 Trail location: 1742.7 Elevation: 5084 Spinning on the turntable: The Allman Bothers: At Fillmore East (Live) We awoke to the pungent smell of smoke this morning. There's a forest fire burning about 100 miles away and there's...

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PCT: Day 118

PCT: Day 118

Miles today: 21.6 Trail miles sum: 1036.4 Trail location: 1717.7 Elevation: 4204 Spinning on the turntable: Rene' Aubry: Petits sauts délicats avec grand écart Today was primary a downhill trek with one notable climb. I was relieved to find no deer hanging outside the...

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PCT: VLOG Episode 4

PCT: VLOG Episode 4

PCT Episode 4 PCT Episode 4 with commentary This week we begin to encounter snow, sleet, ice and extreme heat.

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PCT: Day 117: 1000 miles: Part 2

PCT: Day 117: 1000 miles: Part 2

Miles today: 20.9 Trail miles sum: 1014.8 Trail location: 1697.2 Elevation: 6617 Spinning on the turntable: Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars Leaving the cabin after lunch I had one thing on my mind, Oregon! It was, yet again, a uphill climb heading to the border. I...

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PCT: Day 117: 1000 miles: Part 1

PCT: Day 117: 1000 miles: Part 1

Miles today: 20.9 Trail miles sum: 1014.8 Trail location: 1697.2 Elevation: 6617 Spinning on the turntable: Imagine Dragons: Origins So, hitting the 1000 mile marker was a bit anti-climatic. It was just me. No markers, no singing, no dancing. (I made a dreadful error...

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PCT: Day 116

PCT: Day 116

Miles today: 19.5 Trail miles sum: 993.9 Trail location: 1676.2 Elevation: 6122 Spinning on the turntable: Bryan Adams; Shine a light A moonlit photo is an indication of an obscenely early start to the day. I woke at 4AM, hit the snooze twice, then ate breakfast and...

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PCT: Day 113

PCT: Day 113

Miles today: 24 Trail miles sum: 974.4 Trail location: 1649.5 Elevation: 1718 Spinning on the turntable: Andrea Bochelli: Si' My camp site from last night was close to a snow field and my tent fly was soaked today. The sleeping bag was moist as well. I camped next to...

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PCT: Day 112

PCT: Day 112

Miles today: 25.7 Trail miles sum: 950.4 Trail location: 1625.5 Elevation: 6551 Spinning on the turntable: Waren Zevon: The wind This day was guaranteed to be a long hike right out of the gate. I want to bump up my daily miles and the only way to do that is to hike...

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PCT:  Day Hiking

PCT: Day Hiking

Noelle here: I either hike out with Steve in the mornings if it's a "travel" day for me or I hike out to meet him in the afternoons to come back to the van together. In this particular stretch, if he did 20 miles a day, I got to see him for four days in a row. How...

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PCT: Day 111

PCT: Day 111

Miles today: 19.7 Trail miles sum: 924.6 Trail location: 1599.8 Elevation: 5977 Spinning on the turntable: Boston: Boston The past few days I've been ricocheted up and down the mountains and today was no different. I started the morning with a sharp climb right out of...

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PCT: Day 110

PCT: Day 110

Miles today: 20.0 Trail miles sum: 904.0 Trail location: 1580 Elevation: 6188 Spinning on the turntable: Fitz and the Tantrums: More than just a dream This sign was about ten feet off the ground. I guess big signs equal better target practice? I have noticed several...

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PCT: Day 109

PCT: Day 109

Miles today: 20.3 Trail miles sum: 884.9 Trail location: 1560 Elevation: 6860 Spinning on the turntable: INXS: The very best I started the day on a spicy note. A benefit of the camper van is the refrigerator. I keep a few yogurts handy and eat a banana and yogurt for...

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PCT:  Trinity Alps

PCT: Trinity Alps

Noelle here: This last week has been so beautiful. Steve is trekking through the Trinity Alps. Oh my goodness, the views, the trail, the sunrises & sunsets and the hikers! It's been a good time. I met Bull and Bull Rider as I was meeting Steve to go into Mt...

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PCT: blog posts and you! June

PCT: blog posts and you! June

Hi Readers! We've been so busy hiking that we forgot to post our website June statistics. After a pronounced absence the Greeks are in the house! (I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!) We're hopeful that our friends Gregory and Kathleen will...

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PCT: Day 108

PCT: Day 108

Miles today: 18.6 Trail miles sum: 864.6 Trail location: 1539.7 Elevation: 6860 Spinning on the turntable: Audio book: The other side of history: Daily life in the ancient world Nice view to start the day huh? That's Mt. Shasta peeking over the rim. ("Shasta, Shasta,...

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PCT: Day 107

PCT: Day 107

Miles today: 19.9 Trail miles sum: 846 Trail location: 1521.1 Elevation: 6496 Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Parachutes Over 4000ft elevation gain today. Let me say that again....4000ft....up... I started at mile 1501 and worked my way to 1520. Woof. I must...

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PCT Van Life: BBQ at the Dam

PCT Van Life: BBQ at the Dam

Noelle here: I met Steve at Centipede Gulch Trailhead yesterday. It was only a short walk from the van and I spent the afternoon relaxed and at peace. We were planning to van camp but it turns out the road is now closed and has been turned back over to Mother Nature....

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PCT: Day 104

PCT: Day 104

Miles today: 16.6 Trail miles sum: 826.1 Trail location: 1501.2 Elevation: 2102 Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Parachutes ...and another climb to start the day today! Both yesterday and today I've been able to find a relaxed mentality for hiking. It may be that...

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PCT: Day 103

PCT: Day 103

Miles today: 13.7 Trail miles sum: 809.5 Trail location: 1484.6 Elevation: 2653 Spinning on the turntable: nothing So the poop lab tests indicate that I have c-diff colitis but not giardia. Yeah for me! I'm now taking antibiotics for a week. Yesterday I (yet again)...

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PCT: Day 101

PCT: Day 101

Miles today: 23.9 Trail miles sum: 795 Trail location: 1470.9 Elevation: 2380 Spinning on the turntable: Audio book: The other side of history: Daily life in the ancient world The day began with a climb at 6AM. Early morning climbs are good and bad. Good to get it out...

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PCT: Day 100

PCT: Day 100

Miles today: 18.8 Trail miles sum: 771.7 Trail location: 1447.7 Elevation: 5426 Spinning on the turntable: Audio book: The other side of history: Daily life in the ancient world Have I mentioned that the flowers are magnificent? I found this single bloom down a hill...

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PCT: Day 99

PCT: Day 99

Miles today: 10.8 Trail miles sum: 760 Trail location: 1428.8 Elevation: 2994 Spinning on the turntable: Beach Boys: Pet Sounds We spent last night at a campground. It's a festival atmosphere with everyone flocking in for the 4th of July holiday. After the backwoods...

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PCT: Burney Falls

PCT: Burney Falls

Noelle here. It's July 3rd right now and I'm at Burney Falls State Park. Steve got here yesterday and this morning we viewed the Falls. So I'm a Northwest girl, through and through. I may have been born in the South but my heart definitely belongs in the Pacific NW! I...

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PCT Hat Creek Rim

PCT Hat Creek Rim

Noelle here: We started out early today. It was a cool evening which is great for sleep. Our goal was ambitious for me but the terrain looked doable. And it was so nice out. The Hat Creek Overlook was beautiful. We could see Mt Shasta towards the North. Burney...

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PCT: Day 98

PCT: Day 98

Miles today: 20.8 Trail miles sum: 749.2 Trail location: 1418 Elevation: 2994 Spinning on the turntable: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Best of everything I started hiking at 6AM this morning with "Free falling" in my earbuds. Iconic music with spectacular views...

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PCT: Day 97

PCT: Day 97

Miles today: 19.9 Trail miles sum: 722.1 Trail location: 1397.2 Elevation: 3946 Spinning on the turntable: Sinead O'Connor: I'm not bossy, I'm the boss This is the view out of my tent as I write this today. Today we started hiking the Hat Creek Rim area outside Old...

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PCT: Week 0: Vlog

PCT: Week 0: Vlog

We've been recording video since we left our apartment in Portland Oregon and we're going to start rolling out our vlogs. Once we speed up the editing process we'll increase the frequency of vlog posting to hopefully catch up to our blog content. We're not...

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PCT: So close to Old Station…but so far away

PCT: So close to Old Station…but so far away

Well...The vans drive shaft is now repaired but I'm a bit sick. Unbelievable. I had a week to be leisurely sick while the van was being repaired and I'm lucky enough to get sick right about the time we'd be returning to trail. I'd been feeling a bit of stomach...

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Van Life: Drive Line

Van Life: Drive Line

Noelle here: Transmission fixed! Woo hoo! Bob at Bob's Red Bluff Transmission was awesome and took great care of us. He's a great guy with a very clean and actually beautiful shop! We packed up and were ready to go the next morning. Went a mile down the freeway and...

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WordPress assistance needed

Noelle here: Do you know Wordpress (Really well) and would you have time to help me sort out some pages? I don't think it would take much for someone who knows what they're doing. Of course, we'd be glad to pay you for your time. Send me an email at...

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Van life. Transmission 2

Van life. Transmission 2

Noelle here: We were both feeling so excited. Steve even said he felt giddy with excitement! We figured out a plan to go around the Sierras and get back on to the Pacific Crest Trail. We drove from Kennedy Meadows to Bakersfield and spent a night in a hotel for Fathers Day. We both got […]

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PCT: Day 81: Kennedy Meadows

PCT: Day 81: Kennedy Meadows

Miles today: 8.7 Trail miles: 702.2 Elevation: 6006 Spinning on the turntable: Melissa Etheridge: Fearless love I slept in until 5AM this morning and started hiking at 6AM. The miles would be small today, but I really wanted to beat the heat, so I still started early....

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PCT: Kennedy Meadows

Noelle here: I'm sitting on the porch at Kennedy Meadows waiting for Steve to get here. He should be here soon. It's a huge milestone out here. The hikers waiting on the porch clap for the arriving hikers. It was one of the stops I was looking forward to the most, so...

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PCT: Day 80

PCT: Day 80

Miles today: 20.7 Trail miles: 693.5 Elevation: 5846 Spinning on the turntable: Grouplove: Never trust a happy song Up at 4AM and out hiking by 5AM today. When I set up camp last night I was alone, but when I left this morning there were four or five other tents. It...

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PCT: Day 79

PCT: Day 79

Miles today: 21.5 Trail miles: 672.8 Elevation: 6739 Spinning on the turntable: DMB: Away from the world I hit the trail at 5AM this morning after enjoying overnight oats and Noosa yogurt. That yogurt is crazy delicious (www.noosayoghurt.com) but a little higher in...

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PCT: Day 78

PCT: Day 78

Miles today: 16 Trail miles: 651.3 Elevation: 4980 Spinning on the turntable: The Alarm: The best of the Alarm That's my view from my tent this morning while I was eating breakfast. Not a bad way to start the day! I knew that today was going to be another hot one and...

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PCT: Day 77

PCT: Day 77

Miles today: 19.4 Trail miles: 635.3 Elevation: 6705 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: In the end I woke at 4AM today and started hiking by 5AM to get a jump on the heat. The weather forecast just looked unpleasant. The early morning hike was quite nice...

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PCT: Day 76

PCT: Day 76

Miles today: 12.1 Trail miles: 615.9 Elevation: 4959 Spinning on the turntable: Lissie: When I'm alone: The piano retrospective Today was scheduled to be an easy day. Hiking down 12 easy miles to meet up with Noelle. I awoke at 5AM and managed to eat and break camp by...

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PCT day hike

Noelle here: My plan for the day was to hike about four miles up the PCT to meet Steve. Turns out it's super hot by 10:00am and I don't really care for the uphill with no shade. I looked ahead, saw no cover, so I'm currently sitting down in what looks like the last...

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PCT: Rocket’s party at Walker Pass Campground

Noelle here: We had a great campsite on the side of the road last night! Steve started hiking before 5am today, and I may have fallen back asleep for a while after he left. At some point I headed down the road to the next meeting point at Walker Pass Campground....

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PCT: Day 75

PCT: Day 75

Miles today: 16.6 Trail miles: 603.9 Elevation: 7520 Spinning on the turntable: P!nk: Hurts 2B Human Today I woke up at 5AM, ate breakfast, broke camp, and started hiking at 6:15. Seems like I should be a lot quicker by now! Today was a long uphill grind. I knew it...

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PCT Roadie life

Noelle here: I'm feeling disappointed today. There just isn't a way to get to Steve as often as I'd like. We look at maps and Guthook and try to make a good plan. It simply doesn't work sometimes. The trail is in the wilderness. Most roads in the wilderness are dirt....

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PCT: Day 74

Miles today: 20.7 Trail miles: 587.2 Elevation: 4730 Spinning on the turntable: Sammy Hagar & The Circle: At Your Service The day started with a nice little hill climb to limber up my joints. I hit the top of this hill within a few hours. I liked this drain hole...

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Lunch & Dinner with Rosie’s

Lunch & Dinner with Rosie’s

Noelle here: I had lunch with Rosie today. She's been following our blog and I'm so glad we were able to meet! What a wonderful thing when two strangers can become a part of one another's lives. We met for Mexican food, because well, margaritas and tacos. What a...

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Lunch & Dinner with Rosie’s

Noelle here: I had lunch with Rosie today. She's been following our blog and I'm so glad we were able to meet! What a wonderful thing when two strangers can become a part of one another's lives. We met for Mexican food, because well, margaritas and tacos. What a...

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PCT: Day 71

PCT: Day 71

Miles today: 17.5 Trail miles: 566.5 Elevation: 3844 Spinning on the turntable: Pearl Jam: 20 I awoke with the alarm at 5AM. The darkness was just beginning to give way to daylight. I ate my overnight soaking oaks (thanks Donna!) and decided that I liked them. I'll...

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PCT: Day 70

PCT: Day 70

Miles today: 13.9 Trail miles: 549 Elevation: 6240 Spinning on the turntable: Billie Ellish: When we all fall asleep, where do we go? Hot is the theme today. Hot like crazy hot temperatures. I'm guessing mid to upper 80's. The temperature is forecasted to go up into...

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PCT: Day 69: LA aqueduct: Part 2: 6:30PM-11:00P

PCT: Day 69: LA aqueduct: Part 2: 6:30PM-11:00P

Miles today: 8.6 Trail miles: 535.1 Elevation: 3122 Spinning on the turntable: None I started hiking around 7:30 after resting in the van during the heat of the day. In this case resting means reading a book. I should have taken a nap. I skipped the tunes and listened...

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PCT Roadie along the Aqueduct

Noelle here: I'm enjoying being Steve's roadie! It's an interesting perspective. After Steve left Hiker Town the other day, I went back to the Neenach Market to get propane and gas. Also I spun the Pokémon Stop to get a "gift" for my sister, Trish. We trade Poke gifts...

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PCT: Day 69: LA aqueduct: Part 1: 6AM-10:30AM

PCT: Day 69: LA aqueduct: Part 1: 6AM-10:30AM

Miles today: 8.9 Trail miles: 526.5 Elevation: 2800 Spinning on the turntable: Katy Perry: Teenage Dream Today was split into two sections; a morning hike of about ten miles and a evening hike of about nine miles. It's too hot to try to tackle the whole section in one...

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PCT: Hiker Trash & Hiker Town

PCT: Hiker Trash & Hiker Town

Noelle here: I now seem to be collecting trash from hikers. It takes the term Hiker trash to a brand new level. 🤣 I met a couple German women yesterday, who I shared some of Donna's hard boiled eggs with! And I ended up taking their garbage. It's the small things that...

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PCT: Hiker Trash & Hiker Town

PCT: Hiker Trash & Hiker Town

Noelle here: I now seem to be collecting trash from hikers. It takes the term Hiker trash to a brand new level. 🤣 I met a couple German women yesterday, who I shared some of Donna's hard boiled eggs with! And I ended up taking their garbage. It's the small things that...

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PCT: Day 68: 500 miles

PCT: Day 68: 500 miles

Miles today: 19.6 Trail miles: 517.6 (Hiker town) Elevation: 3053 Spinning on the turntable: U2: Songs of innocence Hitting the 500 mile mark was rather anticlimactic. The camp was abuzz with excitement last night over the impending mile stone. Excitement like folks...

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PCT Section Hiking

Lemonade here: Thanks for the trail name, Deb! I think this one is a keeper. I tried out "Little Engine" for a bit, but last night I introduced myself at camp as Lemonade and its a winner! It fits for the reason you said, "life hands you lemons...", but also because...

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PCT: Day 67

PCT: Day 67

Miles today: 12.4 Trail miles: 498.2 Elevation: 5009 Spinning on the turntable: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The best of everything Today I hiked north and Noelle hiked south! Noelle went up the trail about 25 miles, left the van, and hiked south about 12 miles. I...

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PCT: Trail town vs Regular town

PCT: Trail town vs Regular town

Noelle here: Sending hiker resupply boxes to trail towns is so easy. The post offices get it. There are hundreds of other boxes, so they have good systems. Having one of those trail towns send a box backwards to a regular town is not so great. Because I've slowed us...

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Visiting friends!

Noelle here: we came off trail for a couple days to visit friends and get the van's generator fixed. What a treat! Warm showers, clean clothes, great food and fellowship, horses, chickens, a dog & cat, a game of "Life" with their grandkids AND scotch and bourbon...

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PCT: blog posts and you! May

PCT: blog posts and you! May

Hi readers! Our second full month of PCT hiking is now completed! We really enjoy publishing our daily blog for you to read. It's fun to see your comments as you're journeying along with us. Below is the country break down of who visited our web page during the month...

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PCT: Day 62

PCT: Day 62

Miles today: 20.3 Trail miles: 485.8 Elevation: 3067 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: In the End Yesterday it was raining cats and dogs so I opted to sit it out in the van and not hike. We had a big lunch at a salad buffet and then hung out at Starbucks...

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PCT: Van life

PCT: Van life

Noelle here: Well the nice thing about the van is that I can stay inside when the weather is cold and rainy. 😏 Steve's has some crazy rain-filled days. I saw this group of hikers one afternoon, so darn cold out! I've almost finished my third book this week! I've...

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PCT: Day 59

PCT: Day 59

Miles today: 16.8 Trail miles: 452.9 Elevation: 2482 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: Stars The morning started with clear skies and sunshine. It was a nice change from yesterday! I ditched my jacket and pants within a half hour of starting to hike and...

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PCT: Day 58

PCT: Day 58

Miles today: 17.5 Trail miles: 436.1 Elevation: 4169 Spinning on the turntable: David Gray: A new day at midnight Today was a long, wet, cold hike. When we woke the rain was falling and it really didn't look that inviting outside. Noelle was planning to hike a few...

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PCT: Day 57

PCT: Day 57

Miles today: 15.6 Trail miles: 418.6 Elevation: 4915 Spinning on the turntable: Lizzie: Back to forever With mutual assurances that we wouldn't get ourselves killed today, Noelle and I split up after breakfast. I had a nice relaxing five mile downhill hike. I really...

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PCT: first day back on trail

PCT: first day back on trail

Noelle here: This morning we woke up and were freezing, so we turned on the heater. What a crazy thing! Steve made us some coffee and oatmeal. It was a great start to the day. We drove down to the trailhead, and started out. We returned to where we left off last week,...

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PCT: Day 56: Hiking

PCT: Day 56: Hiking

Miles today: 13.2 Trail miles: 403.0 Elevation: 5867 Spinning on the turntable: Derek and the Dominoes Together we hiked a side trail up to the PCT after a long week's absence from hiking. We parted company at the trail junction with mutual assurances of not getting...

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PCT: Hiking again

PCT: Hiking again

Noelle here: Today we head back up to the mountains and the trail! Last night we stayed in a hotel to watch the finale of Game of Thrones. We may have had time recently to binge this season and catch up. 🤣🤣🤣 A park near us is gearing up for Memorial Day. It was a...

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PCT: Day 56

PCT: Day 56

I camped on and off during my early twenties with my friend Tim. We drank far more than we camped. Fortunately there aren't any pictures to document those expeditions! After camping with Tim I took a few years off from camping to allow my liver to recover before...

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PCT: the smell of wet dogs

PCT: the smell of wet dogs

Noelle here: We woke up at our mostly normal time between 5:30 and 6. The rain was still pouring so we closed our eyes again. Around 9, it seemed dry enough to start packing up. We donned our wet clothes from yesterday amid a fair amount of squeals and laughter from...

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PCT: Day of Reckoning

PCT: Day of Reckoning

Noelle here: I woke up sore from all the falls and sliding yesterday. My shoulder is super stressed. It was a beautiful morning though as we were above the clouds. As we descended, we were in them. I could smell them. Kind of like the smell of rain. Soon it turned to...

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PCT: fav trail town: Wrightwood

PCT: fav trail town: Wrightwood

Noelle here: So admittedly I came here by Uber, bypassing the two-day uphill grind. That already had me feeling relaxed. But this town!!! Everyone asks about our hike, if we have a place to stay and if we need a ride. They really seem to love hikers. 💕 You come to...

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PCT: Day 42

PCT: Day 42

Miles today: 12.2 Trail miles: 369.2 Elevation: 8400'ish Spinning on the turntable: David Guetta: Nothing but the beat Another slog of a day, hiking up, up and up. My ankles are still sore from yesterday. Thankfully my camp mates departed at 6AM and missed the...

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PCT: Day 41

PCT: Day 41

Miles today: 15.3 Trail miles: 357.2 Elevation: 6467 Spinning on the turntable: DMB: Away from the world A very long day of hiking and elevation gain. Gaining 3500 feet over 15 miles hurts my body. I ache tonight. I carried five liters of water to start, and then...

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PCT day 41: Hiking, then not

PCT day 41: Hiking, then not

Noelle here: After a few days of recovery, we started out again this morning. I was excited to get going and we were packed up to leave early.  We passed long trains...or they passed us. We went through a tunnel under the tracks. That was really neat! Then we...

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PCT: Days 38, 39 and 40

PCT: Days 38, 39 and 40

We spent the past three days hanging out and taking it easy so that Noelle could recover from a UTI. We're in a motel in the middle of nowhere. There's a gas station, McDonalds and a Del Taco. We Ubered to a nearby town and did a little shopping and saw a movie. I...

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PCT: Day 37

PCT: Day 37

Miles today: 12.3 Trail miles: 341.9 Elevation: 3055 Spinning on the turntable: The Hooters: Nervous night Green hills We started our day with a humid 500 foot climb out of camp. The landscape is very green. It's a nice contrast from the brown rocks that we spend so...

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PCT:  Wooden Bridges and Buddy

PCT: Wooden Bridges and Buddy

Noelle here: Steve does a great job of writing daily. Me not so much, as I seem to cover more of the major events on my mind through out the week. One of my recent highlights surrounded the grieving of our good, best friend, Buddy. Oh how I miss his tiny little face,...

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PCT: Day 35: Hot springs

PCT: Day 35: Hot springs

Miles today: 14.1 Trail miles: 318 Elevation: 3280 Spinning on the turntable: Keane: Hopes and fears PCT marker Today was a busy day! We headed to Deep creek hot springs (clothing optional) and made it in time for a few hours of early morning soaking before it was too...

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PCT: Day 34: 300

PCT: Day 34: 300

Miles today: 13.9 Trail miles: 303.9 Elevation: 4007 Spinning on the turntable: U2: Slane Castle The priority topic today is hitting 300 miles! It's hard to believe that we're at 300 miles! We both slept terribly last night, so this was a nice bonus to a long grind of...

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PCT: Day 33: Joy?

PCT: Day 33: Joy?

Miles today: 13.3 Trail miles: 289.9 Elevation: 6067 Spinning on the turntable: Yo-Yo Ma: The Essential This morning we passed a young man around 8:30 as he was breaking down his tent. We waved, he waved back, and we continued down the trail. I wish I had stopped and...

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PCT: Day 32

PCT: Day 32

Miles today: 10.5 Trail miles: 276.7 Elevation: 7732 Spinning on the turntable: Bleachers: Strange Desire Big Bear lake was a dud for me. Too much walking between stores and our motel. Food prices (prepared) were crazy high and the quality was so-so. This has been my...

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PCT:  Big Bear

PCT: Big Bear

            Noelle here: We did a pretty quick ten miles down to the highway and then got a ride into Big Bear! Went to the Post Office for our resupply and while we loaded goodies into our backpacks, my Dad called. It was the first reception we'd had in a couple days...

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PCT: Day 30: Rest & Weight loss

PCT: Day 30: Rest & Weight loss

The weight loss results are in from our first 30 days of hiking: Steve has lost 18 lbs and Noelle has lost 14 lbs. I think we're both hungry when we arrive in a town, but we both agree the rumored "hiker hunger" hasn't hit just yet. Soon. Supply package from friends...

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PCT: Day 29: Heading into another trail town, Big Bear

PCT: Day 29: Heading into another trail town, Big Bear

Miles today: 10 Trail miles: 266.2 Elevation: 6832 Spinning on the turntable: Mumford and sons: Babel Today we hustled to make it to the trailhead quickly so that we could go into Big Bear to pick our bounce box up from the post office. We had a nice bit of downhill...

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PCT: 250 miles

PCT: 250 miles

Noelle here: We celebrate with everyone since there seems to be some uncertainty where the real mile marker is! That first one written in the sand, we showed at 249.2, but we still took a picture! I think the last one is the real one. Also Steve said I don't know how...

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Side trip to Urgent Care

Side trip to Urgent Care

Noelle here: We made a rookie mistake and forgot to turn off our GPS for a ride over to urgent care, so it showed all of you that we took a trip to the hospital and we started getting messages about it. No need for alarm though! It's actually my second stop in a week!...

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PCT: Day 28: thinking about resupply

PCT: Day 28: thinking about resupply

Miles today: 16.7 Trail miles: 256.2 Elevation: 7595 Spinning on the turntable: Kid Rock: Born Free Today we needed big miles to make it to the next water source. On the map below we stayed at the arrow on the lower left and we needed to make it to the water symbol at...

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PCT: Day 27:

PCT: Day 27:

Miles today: 7.4 Trail miles: 239.5 Elevation: 7922 Spinning on the turntable: Alanis Morissette: havoc and bright lights Tonight I'm sleeping in two pairs of socks. After the rain/hail/snow it's downright cold. [wpvideo g6Bzmsul ] I've not yet acclimated to high...

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PCT: Mission Creek to Big Bear

PCT: Mission Creek to Big Bear

Noelle here: Traversing through the Mission Creek area was super fun in the morning. It was hot. The creek was cool. We had to use GPS to stay on track a couple times but mostly as long as we roughly followed the creek, we were headed in the right direction. We must...

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PCT: Day 26: Trail?  What trail?

PCT: Day 26: Trail? What trail?

Miles today: 8.6 Trail miles: 232.1 Elevation: 4835 Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay Live in Beunos Aries Today we hiked into the Whitewater river area. Around 9:30 we stopped and chatted with a man named Bret who was hanging out under a tree next to the river....

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Siamese twin lizards

Siamese twin lizards

Noelle here: Yesterday I saw a Siamese twin lizard. I'm not even kidding! It was insane. It would not, however, pose properly so my pictures aren't great. Lizards One was bigger than the other, you can see it's longer tail. Siamese twin lizards They had two complete...

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PCT: Day 25: What can brown do for you?

PCT: Day 25: What can brown do for you?

Spinning on the turntable: Eagles: Greatest Hits 1975 and 1980 I originally began this post discussing our great day of killer miles and high wind. There was one point in the day, oh my gosh it was epic! I had the Eagles playing "Take it easy" in the earbuds as we...

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PCT: Day 23 I-10 Oasis

PCT: Day 23 I-10 Oasis

It’s crazy difficult to hike from freezing conditions to heat stroke conditions within a 24 hour window, but that’s what this PCT section was all about.

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PCT Snow Day 21, Noelle’s perspective

PCT Snow Day 21, Noelle’s perspective

We got a ride from the post office to Deer Springs trailhead from a nice lady. And then we climbed. Climbing up Deer Creek Trail And climbed And just for fun, we climbed some more, till we got this great campground, Strawberry Creek, where we set up for the night. We...

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PCT Trail Names!

PCT Trail Names!

Noelle here: Well, Steve got his trail name! It’s Toboggan! He earned it on Mt San Jacinto as he kept slipping and sliding on the snow and ice. But first, let me back up to a beautiful hamburger at Paradise Cafe! We sat with "Roger That" and ate nachos &...

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PCT: First day without work email

PCT: First day without work email

Making the decision to leave my job was one of the most difficult decisions I've made in my life. Walking away from money on the table was not logical. The safe financial answer was to hunker down and enjoy the benefits of years of hard work. When I announced that I...

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Blues on the trail

Blues on the trail

A couple days last week were super hard for me, as I contemplated quitting the trail. For the better part of one full day I could not get it out of my mind.

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PCT: Day 16: snakes, flowers and scorpions

PCT: Day 16: snakes, flowers and scorpions

Rattlesnake sighting Once the snake had slithered into the brush we high tailed it through this area and put some distance between us and the rattler. After the rattle snake sighting I was on high alert for the rest of the afternoon looking for additional rattlers. It...

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Trail Magic & Hitchhiking

Trail Magic & Hitchhiking

Noelle here: A few days ago we hitch hiked from Scissors Crossing up to the town of Julian. It was an experience! Hitchhiking to Julian On our way up, a very nice man (Scott) picked us up. Steve tried to put his window down a little, just because we smell, but the...

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PCT: Day 14: It’s all about the feet

PCT: Day 14: It’s all about the feet

We started the day with a trip to the post office to mail home shoes and socks. We discussed which child could most easily handle the stench that will assault their nostrils upon opening the box. Guess it's like a lethal lotto for our kids! Who will have the pleasure...

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PCT: Day 13: Zero day diet woes

PCT: Day 13: Zero day diet woes

Today we're zeroing in Warner Springs. Edwardo, my blister, is happy for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. We walked to the local community center late this afternoon. They host hikers and there's a trail gear company nearby. We wanted to look at different tent...

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PCT: Day 12

PCT: Day 12

Last night we camped close to the Montezuma trail crossing after seeing our daughter/son-in-law and grandkids. It was great to see them so early in the trek! They were in San Diego on holiday so they made the trek out to see us! Family visits on the PCT It was great...

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PCT: The kindness of strangers

PCT: The kindness of strangers

Noelle at a Water Cache Here we were, parked in the middle of nowhere and running low'ish on water. our trusty trail application, Guthook, told us that there was a water cache up ahead. We located the water cache and replenished our supplies. Who fills up the water...

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PCT: Day 8-Windy city

PCT: Day 8-Windy city

Our day began at 2AM when several tent stakes dislodged due to the high wind. Our ultra light frameless tent is great for being light, but wind isn't its strongest suit. [wpvideo 8ng9hukv ] Somewhere around 5:30 we gave up trying to shore it up and just waited for...

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PCT: Day 7

PCT: Day 7

Today was our first resupply package pickup. We had the package shipped to the local post office (thanks JMc!) and retrieved it today when the post office opened at noon. First PCT Resupply The main resupply was vitamins and a few prescription meds. We intentionally...

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PCT: Relax day and kinda sad morning

PCT: Relax day and kinda sad morning

Noelle here for a change: Yesterday we arrived at Mt Laguna. It's a sleepy tiny town with two inns, two restaurants, a post office and one store. We ate dinner last night with two groups that we've really gotten close to in a very short time. Oddly enough it's two...

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PCT: Day 4

PCT: Day 4

It was near freezing last night. Slowly, throughout the night I added additional layers of clothing. I ended up tightening the sleeping bags face cord to minimize my skin exposure. I tried sleeping with my face in the bag but my own body odor was too strong and I gave...

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PCT: Day 3

PCT: Day 3

This was one of those days where it all makes sense. Glorious hiking and lots of new friends. We slogged up the Hauser Creek Canyon early this morning and were treated with great views of Lake Morena. We stoped for a early lunch at a Malt shop near the lake and hung...

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PCT: Day 2

PCT: Day 2

We're still moving things around in our backpacks, looking for items that we thought were here and are not, finding items that have magically appeared and we have no idea why we packed them. Soon we'll figure it out. We cranked out a ten mile hike today. There's some...

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PCT: Day 1

PCT: Day 1

It's hard to believe that we're here, on our PCT journey. So much planning, preparation and a massive amount of nerves have all collided into a sweaty, stinky mess. Today I focused on starting the hike in the right mental zone. I listened to Yann Tiersen and enjoyed...

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PCT: Burning the boats

PCT: Burning the boats

It's 3AM and I'm wide awake. We'll start our day in a few hours; breakfast followed by a car ride to the trails southern terminus. Someone will shoot a few pictures to capture our wide eyed enthusiasm and clean clothes. Shortly after arriving the transport crew will...

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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!  Today is our 17th wedding anniversary, so it seems like a great day to start sharing our journey.  In a couple days we begin hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  We're excited and apprehensive, all at the same time.  We hope you'll enjoy following...

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