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Thomas "Lucky Larry" Teppen
City: Grand Junction
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 20, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Mar 7th, 2009

Journal Stats
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Introduction

If you've never eaten a sliver of ten year old cheddar, you're seriously missing out. Pair it up with a sizeable gulp off of an affordable, mass-produced lager and you're one step closer. Enjoying these two things, while sitting next to your beached canoe on the Kinnikinnick River... thats about the most pleasant situation I can think of. Its my "happy place." To me, thats W-I-S-C-O-N-S-I-N...and thats where I'm from. I have a excessive amount of pride in this fact, and I realize that it might be a bit strange. :)

I somehow ended up in Colorado, and I've lived here for a bit over two years. Wisconsin is a great place to be from, but Colorado is a great place to live. In Grand Junction, I can chose if I'd like to spend my day in the desert, or in the mountains. Its tough to beat! I love to run trails, bike roads, paddle, XC ski, and icefish. This area offers great places to do all of those things. Theres so much open space to enjoy and explore, and the landscape has so much character and variety that it seems different every time I look at it. It's probably going to take something awfully special to pull me out of the West. I'm chosing the PCT over the CDT or the AT because it travels through an area of the West that I am not yet familiar with. I'm chosing to do a thru-hike because I want to experience life from a new perspective. I appreciate the simplicity of backpacking, and how it breaks down life into its most basic components. I love waking up with the sunrise, and going to bed(exhausted & spent)immediately after the sun sets. I want to get out there and clear my mind and make way for new thoughts. When I'm 90 years old, I want to be able to tell a young punk some interesting stories. Its been a dream of mine for too long, and I've grown tired of saying "I'd really like to do that someday." I've been considering this trip for over a decade, but I've been planning it, aggressively, for over a year. I'm ready to go!

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Lucky Larry's Hop Along 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: www.pcta.org

 

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