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Split & Two step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 29, 2015
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jun 19th, 2015
Start: Pleasanton, CA
End: Pleasanton, Ca
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,576
Journal Visits: 20,393
Guestbook Views: 1,428
Guestbook Entrys: 31

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Our new tent: Zpacks Triplex

Preparing for the CT (Colorado Trail)

My wife, Two Step, and I, Split, have journeyed the last three summers on long distance National Scenic Trails. In 2012 we hiked the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) southbound. We started in Maine on the top of Mt. Katahdin on June 19th, and finished five months later on November 19th on Springer Mountain in Georgia. It was a grand adventure where we saw awesome scenery (occasionally peeking through the forest's green tunnel), endured first rain and heat, and then cold and snow, and met some of the most interesting and enjoyable characters. As we got to know some of these fellow adventurers, we were happy to realize that some had become friends, having shared some of some of our most memorable experiences. A tangible reflection of a life changing experience.

Two years ago, in 2013, we embarked on the even longer 2700-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starting on April 15th, only five months after completing the AT, I was still in need of recuperation from the arduous trail we had just completed, but Two Step was practically jumping out of her skin in anticipation of starting her dream adventure. The beauty and challenge of this trail soon overcame my reluctance, and our trip from the southernmost edge of California, through Oregon and Washington, and finishing in Canada was even more exciting than the AT. Again we had incredible experiences, made friends, and had life changing moments.

Last year, in 2014, we revisited one of our favorite hikes, the 220 mile long John Muir Trail. This would be the third time we had hiked this scenic trail, certainly one of the most beautiful in the US. For half of the trail we were joined by our great friend from the AT, Turtlebox. He brought along a new friend and newbie hiker, Sky, who picked up the trail name Toro on this hike. For 20 days we cavorted through the wilderness, enjoying shorter hiking days and more leisurely evenings amongst the most striking scenery we've ever experienced.

Looking back, one of my best decisions during these three adventures was to keep a journal. After averaging about twelve hours a day of hiking, it was a challenge to find an hour or so to record the day’s events, have Two Step read and edit the text and help select the appropriate pictures, and then eventually find cell signal that would allow me to post the results to this web site. But it was a way to share our experience with our parents, our family, our friends, and a few loyal readers that we picked up along the way (feel free to look at those journals by following the links at the bottom of this page). I have enjoyed rereading each of the posts, and it is clear that as the years go by, the ultimate benefit will be to Two Step and I as these words jog our memories of our excellent adventures.

I hope you will enjoy following us as we travel along the Colorado Trail (here after referred to as the CT) for the next 6 weeks. We would love to hear from you if you do. Every entry in our guest book helps propel us down the trail.




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Split And Two Step On The Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more: www.coloradotrail.org

 

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