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Alabama Jammer
City: Tuscaloosa
State: Alabama
Country: USA
Begins: May 13, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 19th, 2008

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 349
Journal Visits: 17,604
Guestbook Views: 1,546
Guestbook Entrys: 13

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Kennedy Meadows general store

I Get By

06/19/08

I’m sitting clean, content, and full at Kennedy Meadows! 700 miles! To put that into perspective, imagine a Nextel 500 race without cars and 200 additional miles. For me (looking back at how I felt at 100 miles) this feels like the accomplishment of a lifetime. Still 2000 miles to go, but no more desert!

Kennedy Meadows is the last stop before the High Sierras- the geographic feature that most people consider the highlight of the trip. I’m going to take a day here and regroup while planning out the next 200 miles. I have about nine days that I will not see so much as a road, which means it’s extra important that I have what I need before leaving here. “What I need” also includes 9-10 days of food and supplies. One hell of a load, especially considering the incredible altitude I will be constantly gaining and losing.

It is an odd mix of relaxation and excitement here. There are maybe ten hikers doing the same thing I am: prepping for the long-haul. I think this would be a great time to mention all the incredible support I’ve been receiving. I’ve mentioned the kindness of strangers, but in this instance I’m talking about the kindness from home. My mother, sister, Christy, all of my family, friends, and people I don’t even know are giving me encouragement. I’ve gotten five boxes and numerous letters from the above mentioned, and it means so much to me- I know I couldn’t have made it this far without it. I also get a kick out of knowing that other people are enjoying my adventures. It may just be the novelty of doing something like this (certainly not my skill to write about it) but I am glad people around me are finding entertainment in my journals. At least, I am receiving a plethora of positive responses, so I assume people are enjoying reading about my adventures.

The hike into Kennedy Meadows was nice- I followed a real (snow melt) river, which was the most water I’ve seen yet. Over a range I saw ominous smoke clouds from a fire. I will be passing near it, but far from any real danger, as the fire has already burned all the “fuel” where the trail goes. The rock formations are rapidly transforming into more of rugged landscape (if I actually read the guide book I’m sure I could explain the differences of land I’m seeing). No more cacti- a few desert shrubs, but they are gradually being choked out by the evergreens.

Immediately from here I climb to 8000 and that will be my base elevation for like a month. I’m gonna’ train like the Kenyans! I’m gonna’ go fill up on some more food and drink. I’ll add a few lines before I leave in two days.

-Jammer


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Soul Quest

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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