Friday, August 06, 2010

Pacific Crest Trail miles!

It is official! I have hiked 3 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in California. Compared with Ryan's 1600+ miles so far, it does not sound very impressive, but I do what I can.

I hiked with Ryan from the Etna Summit Trailhead for about a mile and a half with gorgeous views. You can see why it is the CREST trail :-). We had left a couple of gallons of water and a cooler with Trail Magic (sodas and candy bars) back at the trailhead for any hikers who passed by that afternoon.

We said our goodbyes along the ridgeline and then I headed back down to the car.

Betcha didn't know that we were actually in the state of Jefferson . Since 1941, there has been a movement in northern California and southern Oregon to create their own 51st state. It often reminds me of the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys. I think it is amusing that the Great Seal of the state of Jefferson is 2 x's on a gold mining pan. The x's represent "double cross" and that is how this area of California and Oregon feel about the governments in Sacramento and Salem.

Every time we drive up and down I-5, I am reminded about the State of Jefferson, by the billboards and other signs painted on farm buildings and equipment.

Don't forget to check out Ryan's blog of his PCT adventures

as well as the webpage on the WTA website for our hike-a-thon stats

We have raised $445 for Washington Trails and I currently have 9 miles hiked!

I hope to hike at least 40 miles on my own at home, on my layovers at work and while joining Ryan on the PCT. If you don’t want to donate via credit card on the website, checks can be made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) and sent to me at the address below. Thanks so much for any help you can provide!

Amanda Arkebauer, PO Box 16131, Seattle, WA 98116


Rabid Quilter from California said...

Beautiful photos Amanda!


Anonymous said...

The check is in the mail. I love reading Ryan's blogs and am looking forward to reading more of yours!