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walking the PCT

Posted in Books, Kids, Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by xi'an

The last book I read in the hospital was wild, by Cheryl Strayed, which was about walking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as a regenerating experience. The book was turned into a movie this year. I did not like the book very much and did not try to watch the film, but when I realised my vacation rental would bring me a dozen miles from the PCT, I planned a day hike along this mythical trail… Especially since my daughter had dreams of hiking the trail one day. (Not realising at the time that Cheryl Strayed had not come that far north, but had stopped at the border between Oregon and Washington.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA)

The hike was really great, staying on a high ridge for most of the time and offering 360⁰ views of the Eastern North Cascades (as well as forest fire smoke clouds in the distance…) Walking on the trail was very smooth as it was wide enough, with a limited gradient and hardly anyone around. Actually, we felt like intruding tourists on the trail, with our light backpacks, since the few hikers we crossed were long-distance hikers, “doing” the trail with sometimes backpacks that looked as heavy as Strayed’s original “Monster”. And sometimes with incredibly light ones. A great specificity of those people is that they all were more than ready to share their experiences and goals, with no complaint about the hardship of being on the trail for several months! And sounding more sorry than eager to reach the Canadian border and the end of the PCT in a few more dozen miles… For instance, a solitary female hiker told us of her plans to get back to the section near Lake Chelan she had missed the week before due to threatening forest fires. A great entry to the PCT, with the dream of walking a larger portion in an undefined future…

another Olympian sunrise

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2015 by xi'an

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sunset on the Krkonošská magistrála [#2]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by xi'an

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sunset on the Krkonošská magistrála

Posted in Mountains, Travel with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2015 by xi'an

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snapshot from Salem

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by xi'an

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Basil the chipmunk (#2)

Posted in Kids, Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2014 by xi'an

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avernian landscapes (#6)

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2014 by xi'an

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