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Jim and/or Ginny Owen
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Mon Feb 19 20:46:34 CST 2007
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Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 21:46:31 -0500
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Gotta take care of a loose end here and then start a new adventure.
Note to self: remember that adventures are supposed to be bad things that
happen to other people far away.
First, it seems some of yall didnt get the message that the journal for
our 2006 CDT hike is up on the website so for those who didnt know, its
We hope you enjoy it. We did.
Now for 2007 ---
We enjoyed a quiet winter here in Maryland Jim, at least, has been in
hermit mode with little or no interest in communicating with the world.
The CDT does that to him. Its getting better maybe.
But were just about ready to head out again. Hopefully well get it
together so we can take off this weekend. We had planned to leave mid-week
(THIS week), but thats been pushed back a few days for several reasons:
1. Jim gets his last shot in the knee tomorrow and it needs to be rested and
iced for two days before he puts stress on it.
2. We have a funeral to attend.
3. Ginny came back from our family week in the mountains sneezing and
coughing, and generally feeling miserable.
4. Most important - we just aren't ready.
We have an exciting year planned, a mixture of dayhiking, long distance
backpacking and car camping/travel. Our plans are tentative at this point,
subject to change at a moment's notice, but at least we finally have some
idea of what we hope to do this year.
First we want to take a leisurely trip southward - away from the snow and
ice that has been plaguing us for the past few weeks. We may do some hiking
in southern Virginia or Georgia, if the weather cooperates. We'd like to
visit Mammoth and the Natchez Trace. Then we'll head to Houston to visit
family for a few days. From there we'll head to a couple of places we've
never visited - Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. We may
stop at Carlsbad and the Chiricahuas before heading up to Phoenix. We
should be in Houston around March 1, and Phoenix around the 12th.
Sometime in mid-March we will start a hike on the Grand Enchantment Trail
(www.grandenchantmenttrail.org) that winds through the desert from Phoenix
to Albuquerque. The GET is a brand new trail - only previously hiked by two
people, including Brett, who created the route. It wanders through the
Superstitions to Superior, down to Aravaipa Canyon to Mammoth, north again
to the Blue River/Clifton-Morenci, east to the Gila in NM, north to
Mountainaire and the Sandia Crest east of Albuquerque. If all goes well,
we'll finish the hike in mid-May, at which point we'll go back to Phoenix to
pick up the truck.
>From there, we'll head north to the Grand Canyon and more exploration of the
canyons of southern Utah. When it gets too hot there, we'll head into
Colorado to do some more exploring and hiking, then up to the Tetons, and
eventually, in early July, to Glacier NP. We'll leave our truck in East
Glacier and head to the border, where we'll start hiking north on the
Continental Divide in Canada. There is a route connecting existing trails
with some cross-country that goes north for about 750 miles. That should
take us about two months.
After that - who knows? We may hike some in Montana and/or Wyoming, or just
head slowly east visiting some of the National Parks along the way. We will
probably attend at least one of the big fall long distance hiker Gatherings
Notice that we said we'd "start" all that stuff - whether we finish it or
not is an entirely different conversation. But we DID finish the CDT last
year - in spite of the doctors' opinions to the contrary. And this year the
doctors (yeah - same ones) aren't saying we can't do it - or even that we're
crazy (although I KNOW they're thinking that). So we'll go do our thing -
and prove the doctors right this time (that we're crazy).
Of course, this is still a tentative plan. If Jim's knees become too
painful, we'll probably do less backpacking and more dayhiking. If fires
are a problem, as they were the last time we hiked in Canada, we may go
Now yall got this because you were on our update list last year. For
2007, well probably do the same kind of updates.
For those who want to continue with us we make no promises about how
exciting or interesting our updates will be or how often theyll occur
or how long (or short) theyll be or anything else. All well promise is
that well update the website with a new journal or two after its all over.
We also understand that some of you may not want to continue with us. If
youd like to be taken off the update list, please let us know. If you want
out, just reply with a simple no, thank you. You wont hurt our feelings
like that. We understand the pressures of life and that sometimes one
doesnt have the time or energy to deal with what others are doing.
In any case, were glad you took the ride with us last year, and for those
who go with us this year welcome aboard.
Ginny and Jim
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