GR20 Day 12

A long and hot day; I cut it short when I see a spectacular mountain ridge.

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GR20 Day 11

A bright shiny day scares the grumpies away! Except for the tedious ridgeline, a good long day.

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GR20 Day 9

Back on the GR20 today--a half day from Vizzanova on the sourthern section of the GR20.

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GR20 Hiatus

Four days of relaxation at a villa by the sea, and a couple of road trips to the rugged northwest coast of Corsica and a visit to Bonifacio.

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GR20 Day 8

I wanted a nice relaxing day, so I pushed it hard and combined two day's walking into one.

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GR20 Day 7

The tough day wasn't quite all that, and we enjoyed walking along the ridgeline in perfectly fine weather and the fantastic views.

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River walk, canopy walk

A lazy day, yet full of things to do: a walk up a river to a waterfall, a walk along the treetops high above the ground. And butterflies.

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Deer Cave, Mulu NP

We're ready for adventure. Today is a visit to Deer Cave, which has the largest cave room in the world.

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To KK

We head off past the typhoon to Kota Kinabalu, then onwards to wonderful Mulu National Park on the north of the island of Borneo.

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Balboa Park Wildflower Walk

Took a 4 mile walk through the undeveloped section of San Diego's Balboa Park, thinking I'd see maybe 20 native plants in flower. I saw 42 native species--and problably missed several too!

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Perito Moreno Glacier

Today, our last real full day in Patagonia, is a biggie: we're doing a guided 4km hike on top of Perito Moreno Glacier. It was really unexpectedly excellent, and not just pretty good. The weather was clear and warm, the scenery great, and most of all walking on top of the glacier was unlike any place I'd been before.

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To Calafate

A travel day from El Chaltén back to El Calafate. Walking in the morning, cake and coffee, bus ride, dinnner.

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Cerro Torre

Another great hike today--this time it was from our B&B to Lago Torre, an easy 18km out-and-back to the lake at the foot of Torre Glacier, with the spire of Cerro Torre rising behind. The weather was sunny and warm, the wind subsided, and the trail was fast and flat--and uncrowded!

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Hike to Fitz Roy

A wonderful day with a long hike to the Laguna de Los Tres, just below the spectacular Monte Fitz Roy.

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To Refugio Cuernos

Today we decide not to hike up the French Valley with the crowds, but just to have a leisurely day walking the 14km/9 miles to our cabin at Refugio Curenos.

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To Paine Grande

Today was the start of some easy days--an 11km stroll down to Paine Grande was on the agenda, and the weather held. It was also the first section of the W circuit, which meant people people people, irritating and entertaining.

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Really to Torres del Paine

Hello, Patagonia. We sleep in and bus-bus-shuttle to Torres del Paine. It's strongly different than the last time, so many more people, it's not any secret anymore.

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To Punta Arenas

Long travel days from San Diego to Punta Arenas to start a couple of weeks of travel around the end of the world.

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Chiricahua

Hiked around chilly Chiricahua National Monument in southern Arizona. A good day.

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Stehekin

Today, like yesterday, is one of those travel days--the final part of the bus/bus/bus/shuttle/ferry segment.

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So many wildflowers

So. Many. Wildflowers. A wonderful day walking along the ridgelines north of Donner Pass towards Sierra City. One of my favorite days so far on the trail.

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Past Truckee

Another fine day of hiking along the Tahoe high country, past Truckee and to the north of Interstate 80

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North of Sonora Pass

A nero day--drying out in south Tahoe, then back on the trail for a wonderful evening hike five miles north of Sonora Pass.

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To Below Mather Pass

Hiked with two others up and over easy Pinchot Pass through austere high mostly treeless country to the base of Mather Pass

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Back to base

Once again, section D frustrates me with fickle weather. I'm heading back home.

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Cold and bleak

Cold and snowy and overcast--a dreary march north into the unknown conditions of the High Sierra, and a decision is made.

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Into Kennedy Meadows

A half-day walk to the Kennedy Meadows Store--the end of Southern California, and the start of the High Sierra.

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Packing things up

Today I spent the morning making my final pack list--discarding the unnecessary items, eliminating all the alternatives, weighing the primary selections on the kitchen scale, then stuffing the Chosen Items in their colored stuff sacks or Ziploc bags.

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A hike in Joshua Tree

We headed up to the west side of Joshua Tree yesterday--there's a nice 6 1/2 mile loop hike just out of the west entrance, winding through those odd rockpiles Joshua tree is known for, walking through some sandy washes, and shaking down some new gear for my PCT walk next month.

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Fitness Today

Went running for the first time in a week. Went well. No plantar fasciosis, yay!

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