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Shoofly Photography - Other Trail Journal - 2016

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City: Canon City
State: Colorado
Country: USA
Begins: Sep 18, 2016
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Tue, Sep 6th, 2016

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Here we go again!!!

If you've read my other journals, you'll know a little bit about me. I work from January to the end of July managing one of the largest horse breeding programs in the United States. We handle over 1,000 head of recipient mares (essentially surrogate mothers for really valuable mares). For seven months straight, I work nearly 100 hours a week, am on call 24/7, and don't get a single day off. The rest of the year is when I live. When the season finally winds down in late July, I pack my crap into my truck and head home to Colorado for a few days with my family and dog, then disappear into the mountains. Hiking is very cathartic for me, a way to burn off all that nervous, stressful energy from the past seven months without going to jail.

In 2013, I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. 2014 found me on the Colorado Trail and on into Utah later in the fall. In 2015, I tackled the Wyoming section of the Continental Divide Trail, and the northern end of the Colorado CDT. For 2016, I needed a change. I'll eventually finish the CDT through Montana and New Mexico, but I wanted something different. Back in mid summer, I posted a link to the Tour Du Mont Blanc on my Facebook (surfing hiking websites keeps me borderline sane during my work season). A friend from the CDT, Lighthouse, replied. And then, another couple of friends from the CDT also replied...

And here I am, sitting at the airport in early September, waiting on a plane. I'm going to be meeting up with Lighthouse in Scotland for day, before we both fly to Geneva, Switzerland. From the airport, we'll be taking the Alpybus to les Houches, France to meet up with our other CDT friends, Patrick and Jeanine, known as the Swiss Couple. Should be a heck of a time!!!

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