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Ginnyb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Ginny "Circle" Benware
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 1st, 2008
Trip Distance: 287.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 828
Journal Visits: 82,543
Guestbook Views: 21,015
Guestbook Entrys: 172

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Jan and Dan Armstrong at the family cemetary

Arriving at Willow Springs Road, Tehachapi

After a short morning of 8-10 miles I arrived for a welcome break in Tehachapi. Rockstar, Hardcore, Latecomer, Hank and I had been hiking together all morning. We arrived at the road pickup at the same time. They were all going to Mojave and had arranged to call Spike for a pick up. I was to call Jan Armstrong.

Dan and Jan Armstrong arrived about 20 minutes after the others had been picked up. They were a welcome sight and were as nice and hospitable a pair of hosts as anyone could want. They were both busy that day, Jan with the annual AAUW Scholarship Banquet which she was chairing and Dan with the Gliding Group of which he is an avid member. I was invited to particpate or just hang out. The thru-hiker priorities are shower, food and laundry so I chose to hang out. They got me settled, Jan opened the refrigerator and told me to help myself and then they went about their projects.

I want to tell you about this serendipity experience and relationship. Kathie Fickert Bate, my college roommate and would be hiking partner had it not been for a bum achilles tendon, has an ancestral history in the Tehachapi area. When we were in school she often talked about going to the ranch for summers as a kid. I knew her to be from Tiburon, CA because that was where we visited on our college trips. "The Ranch" is now called Bear Valley, where Jan and Dan Armstrong live. Her great, great, (great?) grandfather had a 2500 acre ranch here beginning in the early to mid 1800s. The ranch was in the family for decades. Jan and Dan live next to the Fickert family cemetary. Several years ago the cemetary was in jeoprody of becoming private property. Jan rose to the occasion and in cooperation with Fred, Kathie's brother, defendd the family cemetary as sacred property and not ripe for private ownership, at least by an individual outside the family. This endeavor has created a wonderful relationship between the Fickert family and Jan and Dan Armstrong. I happened to be the beneficiary of this relationship at this time.

Back to the hike - in the evening Dan came home and invited me to join him at a spaghetti supper with gliding buddies at the home of Harry and Mary Moore. Of course, a carbo load is always great for a hiker. We had a fun time and I was able to meet part of the Tehachapi gliding community.

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Celebrating My 60th On The PCT

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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