22 days out and, according to Halfmile's app, 1719 miles east of PCT mile 42! However, others will travel further to undertake our common dream. Our resupply boxes are packed, next comes labeling, adjusting, rearranging. There is something to be said about about buying enroute, which we will also do in way of supplementing what we have packed, mostly in the way of fresh produce! We have packed opening "rewards" ... shelf-stable bacon, anchovy-stuffed olives, bar peanuts (both savory and sweet), and other assorted goodies we will enjoy while unpacking our resupply boxes! We are mailing the first few resupply boxes starting in a couple of weeks using USPS Priority flat rate boxes. The advantage of sending resupply via USPS is the option to bounce/forward the boxes to an up-trail address or return the box to our home address, as we did in 2016. The advantage of sending from home ... it is cheaper, even including postage and knowing we will have nutritional food avoiding getting stuck with vending machine snacks from a gas station for 6-8 days. We have planned for hiking a continuous footpath from the southern terminus (south of Campo, CA) to the northern terminus (border Moknument 78, 8 miles south of Manning Park, BC, Canada) ... all 2650+ miles. Why the "+"? Well, the trail changes year to year due to closures (fire/endangered species) or planned changes for trail improvements. For example, Oregon suffered horrible fires in 2017. As I write this, the PCTA authorized alternate is to get off trail near Bend and "travel" around 200 miles north to Cascade Locks thereby avoiding the fire closures affecting the PCT in Oregon. However, all area will be reevaluated in the Spring of 2018 and very well could be open when we get there, which will be in July. Hence, pack for the likelihood of the trail being open. Next on the agenda ... prepositioning maps.
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Some people like to spend their winter holiday in warm places, heading south. We like to head "up" and spend our holiday in the mountains, which is what we did for a few days after Christmas this year, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. This photo shows Stephanie and Chase enjoying the view across frozen Mills Lake.
Took a group of slower students down an easier way to get to the top of this mountain. Slightly harder to motivate them to push on but it's all about creating small goals for them to try and get to. We made our way at a slow and steady pace higher up the ski hill. Which was the easier way due to being much shorter but very inclined the whole way. Nonetheless we made it past the half way mark before the rest of the group caught up on there way down.
Did the full hike last weekend and would recommend it if you're in the area. It really works you're mental strength as the first half is very hard and shows no signs of getting easier! Little do you know you're in for a treat past the halfway point when you realize there isn't much elevation gain after that.
8.5/10 would definitely hike again!
@celine, myself, and our friend Dale (it is nice to have friends with a gear fetish) went Kayaking on Long Lake for most of the afternoon today while the rest of the family went visiting family in Wetaskiwin. Check out the map for this journal to see a GPS track of our route.
Out for an afternoon kayak with @karentogo and uncle Dan. Check out the map for this journal to see a GPS track of our route.
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