[pct-l] Off the beaten path

Stephen reddirt2 at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 10 14:58:45 CDT 2009

Yup, the moutnains in WA blow away the Sierra.  Everyone please go there !
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From: "Diane at Santa Barbara Hikes dot com" <diane at santabarbarahikes.com>
To: <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2009 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Off the beaten path

> The guide book lists alternate routes from time-to-time. I enjoyed
> taking those marked as "lake-blessed". Since the PCT tends to stay
> away from water, it is nice to have a change.
> I, for one, did not feel energetic enough to go on side trips bagging
> peaks or sightseeing, with the exception of heading down to Yosemite
> Valley and taking the Mist Trail. And once on the trail, I did feel
> hesitant to leave the trail for fear of either not finding an easy
> way back, missing part of the trail or falling too far behind friends
> I hoped to see again, etc. So the alternate routes recommended in the
> guide book fit my needs well.
> As far as the Sierra goes, they are quite beautiful. But they are
> kind of gray. I really thought when the rocks had more color the
> beauty was more amazing to me. At Sonora Pass I thought the views
> were spectacular. And now, having seen the PCT2008 Video, I can't
> wait to see Washington. Those mountains appeared to blow the Sierra
> away in grandeur, brooding and fecundity. I cannot wait!
> P.S. I sent a message about how much I enjoyed the PCT2008 video but
> I think I used the wrong address. Great job you guys. I really
> enjoyed it. I felt homesick, excited and sad to see all the wonderful
> people I met without ever knowing their real names. I'm thinking I
> might carry business cards with me this year with my real name, email
> and web site so I can see friends again in real life later.
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