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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: May 14, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Aug 10th, 2008
Daily Distance: 6
Trip Distance: 1,707.0

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did we mention that it was smoky?


It was a nice, short 6-mile walk from the trail to Sommers-Bar road this morning - from here it's a 10 mile hitchhike into the town of Etna. The only problem was, there was exactly zero traffic on that road. After about an hour, during which we saw exactly one car, a car full of hikers going back to the trailhead pulled up. Germinator and his girlfriend, Debbie, had met up in Etna, and Debbie was driving everyone back up to the trail. We of course signed up for her return trip, and Debbie dropped us off at Etna's breakfast place, for our usual in-town pig-out (mmm. pie for breakfast).

There's an old office building in Etna that now houses the Campus California Training Group (CCTG). This is a non-profit organization that trains people to go to Africa and conduct AIDS education there. They also let PCT hikers take showers, do laundry, and sleep on the floor there, all for free! We took them up on the offer, of course.

In the CCTG game room I found an old violin, it only had one string, and no bridge, but with a block of wood for a bridge, I was at least able to string it up and play some exercises on it. The strings were so false, my scales were pentatonic (for those music theory geeks out there), but my fingers seemed to remember how to play a little bit.

The other great thing about Etna is that it has a brewery! We went to dinner there with the Twins, and I had my fill of Dredger Dry stout - pretty good stuff. I think my taste for cheap beer might be diminishing again...

- Brent

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2008

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:


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