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Teamteppen - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 26th, 2009
Start: Mineral Bottom
End: Spanish Bottom
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 15.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 720
Journal Visits: 26,164
Guestbook Views: 6,413
Guestbook Entrys: 54

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Float through the Canyonlands

I can't think of too many things that are more peaceful than a multi-day float down a river. For six days last week, my friend Pete and I enjoyed a leisurely paced trip through Stillwater canyon on the Green River in Utah. The sun was shining, the temperature was in the mid-seventies, and we paddled along with a merciful, moderate breeze. We packed fairly light (of course) and cruised silently along the flat water as we stared at postcard quality views of vertical, red, patinaed canyon walls.

Have you ever felt an extra bit of stress for a week or so leading up to a trip? You go through your routine like every other day, but your mind is on your upcoming adventure, and the situations you will encounter, and your packlist. Its kind of like a storm before the calm. After I leave for a trip it takes a while to unclog my mind and to switch gears. Once I actually hit the water or the trail, I slowly begin to absorb the situation, and realize that I am suitably prepared - I can allow myself to relax. Once I reach that point, the typical life I lead every day gets flushed out... there are no stoplights, no customers, no co-workers, or clocks... and I begin to settle in. I begin to learn about myself at that point. For example, on this trip I learned that I enjoy a beer with my breakfast. When you don't have to go to work, or hop in a car, or talk to anybody but your buddy Pete, why not enjoy a beer with your muesli? I also realized how much I enjoy a nice shower. I don't mind acquiring a sturdy odor, but a good shower is invigorating. Showers, when experienced in moderation, really are as exciting as the soap commercials suggest! You flail around in slow motion, and after that, you dry off and relax in your hammock and watch the sun set over canyon walls. So nice.
If you'd like to see some photos from the trip, go to www.flickr.com/photos/teamteppen.

Side note: Time is winding down! In a few days, I will be leaving Colorado and heading to the Missouri Ozarks to visit with my mother for a couple of weeks before starting the PCT. I will tie up some loose ends, and maybe set off for a couple of days to canoe the Buffalo in Arkansas.... I've heard good things.

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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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