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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

Contacting Us On the CDT

We will be remote but in touch.
The easiest way to stay connected is to follow our progress on our website. Background information, maps, and occasional photos will greet you. A trip report summary will be posted about every 7 to 10 days and a “daily journal” will be posted as possible. To read these items, go our website www.walkingcarrot.com and sign up for the RSS feed, or if you prefer just check in periodically. You can also leave public comments on our blog. Or, if you prefer you can email us directly. I will be using a “pocketmail” device; this will be the best way to contact me via email. Using it I can download emails from any phone (landlines) including payphones and motel room phones. It is TEXT only, no attachments come through. The address is:

nowhere_man97@pocketmail.com

Note the similarity to my hotmail address! Speaking of hotmail, we will still have hotmail and yahoo email accounts, but they are not the best way to contact us as frequency and duration of internet access will be very limited. We will probably have limited access to hotmail about once every 2 weeks or so, but in some cases it may be longer, so do not expect a quick response:

walkingcarrot@hotmail.com
nowhere_man97@hotmail.com
hough_phil@yahoo.com

If you need to get a (relatively) quick response, our cell phone is the best option. I should be able to check its messages about every week to 10 days. The number is 208-946-9127. If you are planning to connect with us on the trail and an emergency arises, leave a detailed message on the cell phone.

Letters, post cards, care packages and whatever else you can think of can be sent to us at one of our mail stops. We will have eight places where we will pick up supply boxes and check for mail. Mail can be sent to us by sending mail to our home in north Idaho. Mail sent to this address will wait until we return or be forwarded to us in the next supply box that is sent out by Trish or my parents, our house sitters. This may take up to 4 to 6 weeks from the time you send your letter until we receive it:

Phil Hough OR Deb Hunsicker PO Box 393 Sagle ID, 83860

Mail may also be sent to us directly on the trail. Be sure to read the following mailing instructions very carefully. The post offices where we will stop for mail are all highlighted in bold on the itinerary. Address any letters, post cards, packages or correspondence as follows:

Phil Hough OR Deb Hunsicker (Use BOTH names – it makes collecting mail easier) C/O General Delivery Post Office Name of Town, State, Zip Code “Hold For CDT Thru-Hiker” Estimated arrival date (see agenda below and add this information)

Be sure to mail things at least 2 weeks in advance, but not more than 5 weeks before you anticipate we will arrive somewhere. We could be as much as a few days early or late; some places have very slow service and the post office is not obligated to hold items past 30 days.

Send by Send to Est. arrival date
July 3rd C/o General Delivery
Post Office Augusta MT
59410
July 19th
July 9th C/o General Delivery
Post Office
Lincoln MT 59639
July 24th
July 21st C/o General Delivery
Post Office
Butte MT 59701
Aug 4th
July 30th C/o General Delivery
Post Office
Darby MT 59829
Aug 13th
Aug 14th C/o General Delivery
Post Office
Lima MT 59739
Aug 28th
Aug 19th C/o General Delivery
Post Office West Yellowstone MT 59758
Sept 2nd
Aug 29th C/o General Delivery
Post Office
Dubois WY 82513
Sept 12th
Sept 8th C/o General Delivery
Post Office
Lander WY 82520
Sept 22nd

Remember to address all letters of packages to: Phil Hough OR Deb Hunsicker (both names) and the put c/o general delivery and then the address. Following the address put at the bottom: “Hold for CDT thru-hiker” and “Est. arrival date………” with the appropriate date)

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Clicking on any of these photos will take you to that specific photo on our Flickr Stream, where you can view these and many, many more photos from our latest adventure....or use this shortcut to all photos.....we hope you enjoy them!

People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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