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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Sun, Nov 14th, 2010
Start: Encinitas, CA
End: Encinitas, CA
Daily Distance: 0
Entry Visits: 2,621
Journal Visits: 330,797
Guestbook Views: 152,957
Guestbook Entrys: 482
How to Navigate the Journal
First, a word (or two) for our sponsor: Scott Parks of Postholer.com – “You Rock!”
It is obvious that you have walked the walk and have taken it upon yourself to design and write the code for this wonderful resource – supply important links, provide free journaling and administer the forum, all without any paid advertising or cost to us. We know how much work is involved in tweaking and maintaining something of this magnitude. So, from all of us grateful “PC Trailers” THANK YOU!
For those of you new to this site, we are using the journal to keep our family and friends updated regularly on our progress in planning for and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. But, we also welcome all of you out there in cyberland who may be following along as well.
Here are some tips on using the site
On the left is an orange icon with the entries. If you are familar with RSS feeds, you can set up an (optional) feed for this journal by clicking on the orange icon. It will send you a message whenever we add a new page (we only recommend this for those in the RSS feed know). Next to the icon are some links. You can click on “first, previous, next or last” to navigate through the journal
Directly across from it on the right side is the “View” box with the dropdown arrow that will allow you to jump to any entry that you wish. We will try to give each entry a unique title for reference. We have personally found this dropdown to be very useful.
We can include as many as five images with each entry. If you click on the picture that is showing, it will open up a larger version and if there are additional images, then you can access them by clicking on the smaller “bubbles” above the large, open image (try this on the previous page to see how it works).
Then we have the VERY COOL box on the left. In it you can sign our guestbook, see our location and stats, find out where we started and finished that day and if we get it together, a slew of additional info (like high and low temperatures). Right now, you will see that we are in Encinitas with a zero daily distance. We won’t turn on the PCT odometer until we start in May, 2011.
OK, even Cooler is the “Last Spot Location” and “Pacific Crest Trail Map” at the bottom of the box. We have a small device called SPOT, it is like a personal locator beacon that sends our position up to a satellite then (with proper coding), emails it here, to postholer.com. The signal is only sent when we push the button and even if we are out of cell range, somewhere in the high mountains, the satellite will hear us and this link will show precisely where we are. Right now, you will see our SPOT location for Encinitas, near the beach. Sure wish we lived this close to the water, but we don’t. When we are on the trail, we are planning on “checking in” every day or two with our SPOT (more on the SPOT in a future posting).
Click on the Pacific Crest Trail Map. It will show the PCT as a blue track. You can make the map window bigger by pulling on the lower right corner or clicking the expand (square) box in the upper right corner. It is a google map and you can move the map inside the window by using your mouse and putting the hand on the map, hold down the left mouse button and slide the map around. And, of course, you can zoom in or out with the controls at the upper left. Hint: First put your point of interest in the center (+) sign then zoom in. Also on the google map is a "view" box on the upper right. Try the "my topo" or "satellite" verisons of the map.
If you click on “show distances” at the bottom of the Google map then you can see mileage and altitude of virtually any point along the PCT. Simply move your mouse over the point.
Did we talk about the guestbook yet? Sign the guestbook if you are so inclined. It is totally anonymous. And if you need to contact us with any questions or comments, you can use the email link found at the bottom of every page. We will try to answer all requests.
Postholing is not fun. Not fun, not fun. The image above was taken later this year when we were on the hike. Barb was just cruising along on the top of the snow then all of a sudden, she sunk up to her waist! We had to pull her out. The second image was taken of Barb last winter at Mammoth, CA. We were on our way to the ski slopes but had to cross through a wooded area to get to the bus stop. Every "postholed" step was hard work. Fortunately, the snow was light and we only had to posthole for about 50 yards. Yep, we missed the bus.“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs. “
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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