The 36 Hour Travel Day

October 30 – November 1 2022 This is maybe the first time I’ve ever flown out of Arcata in the middle of the day which I have to say is pretty darn nice. Sure beats the 4am wakeup for the morning flight. Despite pockets of fog upon arrival at the airport, departure is clear skies … More The 36 Hour Travel Day

10 Reasons to Go Hiking and Backpacking with an Umbrella

10 Reasons to Go Hiking and Backpacking with an Umbrella Thanks to Francis Tapon for writing this thorough blog on the backpacking umbrella. I’ve had a Golite umbrella (now collectors item) for the last 6 years but haven’t really gone down the path of considering it an essential piece of my gear setup. My main … More 10 Reasons to Go Hiking and Backpacking with an Umbrella

Mile 1506 – Half Way with the Oregon Border in sight

I am currently in the Dunsmuir Library which has all sorts of restrictions on their computers so I am unable to upload any pictures. Since my last post, I have passed the half way point at 1326. A momentous occasion! I’ve covered over 400 miles in the last three weeks and I’m only 200 miles from the … More Mile 1506 – Half Way with the Oregon Border in sight

Skipping Section D

So, I’ve decided to skip section D (Cajon Pass to Agua Dulce) which will put me at trail mile 454. I’m skipping about 100 miles of the trail in order to keep a more favorable schedule and it’s a lot easier for family to drop me in Agua Dulce. But I do not feel disconnected from … More Skipping Section D

180 Miles Complete

9 hiking days. 180 miles complete! I’m here in Idyllwild taking a zero day. That means that I am hiking no miles today other than to go get breakfast, go food shopping and visit the library. The hike is going well. The usual blisters, pain and sore muscles but good people, glowing scenery and epic … More 180 Miles Complete