We are currently on another long distance hike, and the third leg of our "triple crown", the Continental Divide Trail (the "CDT"). Come along with us if you can - if not in person then by following our grand adventure via our "posts from the trail".  Check out our Flickr Photos, which we'll update periodically, and see it through our eyes!

Our Credo...

"Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

July 7th

Tired still from the town stop, we slept in. Finally the tent warmed up so much we felt we had to get up. After only a few minutes on the trail my left ankle started to hurt, as if it had been twisted, although no such trauma occurred just prior to its problem. This ankle pain would persist through the day.

We have left the snow capped peaks of the sierras behind, an occasional ridge would offer glimpses of them retreating back into the distance today. We are entering the region of ridges and plateaus, punctuated by river canyons and occasional lesser peaks, most unnamed except by elevation. It’s warmer too. And the mossies are still out in force.

It is a fairly unspectacular walk for most of the day, although the wildflowers continue to be a delight. The afternoon storms have retreated too. Only on, way off in the distant south, near the higher Sierras, is even visible and from where we are it is not even a factor in our weather.

We had dinner by a creek, the last water source for almost ten miles. After this creek the trail regains the crest and follows a narrow volcanic ridge, offering views of Lake Tahoe and its basin to the east and the long gradual plain of the Sierra foothills to the west. We walk until dark along the ridge and find a place to sleep. It is not entirely out of the wind. It takes a bit of looking to find something suitable, as there are not many level spots. For the first night in several weeks we are not threatened, and driven into our tent, by storms or mosquitoes. Tonight we are able to sleep out under the stars. With the moon not rising until well after midnight the Milky Way dances brightly overhead.

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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