ANNOUNCEMENT

Our daughter Charissa, Cindy and I will hike the 2666 mile Pacific Crest Trail, starting this June 15.  This will complete the Triple Crown of long distance hiking for Cindy, the top item on her bucket list as she deals with her early onset Alzheimer’s.  In the coming months the blog posts will focus on both Alzheimer issues and the PCT adventure.

We will use the hike for a mission to spread Hope for Alzheimer’s.  The first avenue of hope is with Cindy’s journey, demonstrating that people with Alzheimer’s still can pursue their dreams.  The second avenue of hope is through raising awareness for how lifestyle choices can improve Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.  The most important of these lifestyle choices is physical exercise, the only “treatment” show to halt and even reverse brain decay.  The third avenue of hope is through Exercise for Brain Health Research, for which we are raising funds.  To see how you can help us spread Hope for Alzheimer’s please visit that page.

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Little Miss Charis

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We spent the night at the home of John and Gail Lyons. They demonstrated an abundance of warmth and kindness, but we knew that already about John when we met him and his trail crew a few days previously. Besides … Continue reading

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Wild and Stupid

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While helping out the Lyons Pride trail crew I worked and chatted for a bit with Mike, an older man like myself who had recently hiked the PCT. We got on the topic of the book Wild, a hot topic … Continue reading

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Where the Action Is

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The tough part about being a support person is that hiking is where the action is … usually. On my last support stint I found plenty of action when I pulled into the Squaw Creek Trailhead late morning to set … Continue reading

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The Go Go Go Gal

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We finished hiking the Hat Creek Rim section of the PCT. For the way people traditionally hike the PCT, landing them in the southern deserts in either the spring or fall, this is typically the hottest stretch of trail for … Continue reading

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The Perfect Stride

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We were getting ready to hike from Warner Valley campground when Cindy eagerly called me over. “You’ve got to get a picture of this!” The picture was a gag shot of Charissa washing herself right by a sign saying that … Continue reading

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Chef and Uncle Jerry

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At the the end of Cindy’s first 20 mile day we met Chef and Uncle Jerry, who seek to provide a service to the thru-hikers they are calling Pop-Up Trail Angels. You might call this an internship for Chef as … Continue reading

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Apps v Maps

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Nowadays many PCT thru-hikers have smartphones and Halfmile’s PCT app. With this app you can find the trail, stay on the trail, look up distances to destinations and determine the total elevation changes to those destinations. I double down with … Continue reading

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Some New Friends

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I thought I was the one giving Smitty advice. As we hiked together for a bit he told of loving his work in manufacturing, but needing to get away from the inflexibility and the precision of his work. He viewed … Continue reading

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Sierra Buttes

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I dropped Cindy and Charissa off about ten miles north of Sierra City to hike the Sierra Buttes section the easy way, mostly downhill. I returned to the trailhead near Sierra City in order to hike north, up an infamous … Continue reading

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