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May 16, 2017

It was a lovely, sunny morning in the meadow where we camped the night before; there was even a cabin/shelter at the campsite, but I still chose to sleep in my tent (sometimes those old structures are pretty infested with mice!). This day's ride was a beautiful 21 mile...

April 29, 2017

This was the last day of our section of trail, which took us to the trailhead where my truck and trailer were waiting.  It was another dull day view-wise, but we had some interesting challenges, like getting water from a huge tank and crossing Highway 77.  


April 27, 2017

It was very appropriate, after spending the night at the Gila River, that one of the first things I saw the next day on the trail was a Gila monster!  It was a very beautiful specimen, with brilliant markings, and not camera-shy at all!  He let me get up-close and pers...

April 26, 2017

I had a truly awesome day on the trail today.  I started with the horses at the Picket Post trailhead and rode to the Gila river.   The whole way there I was on the lookout for the guys in the non-profit organization Heroes and Horses that I met the day before while ou...

April 23, 2017

Today was another long day and consisted of snakes and downed trees. I saw one kingsnake and two rattlesnakes along the way. I lost count of how many down trees, some of which I had to use my saw on to clear dead branches out of the way before the horses could cross th...

September 10, 2016

Today ended with one of the most famous and spectacular sections of the PCT, the Kendall Katwalk, just before we reached Snoqualamie Pass. (And yes, that's a thin thread of trail that you see blasted into the side of the sheer granite cliff!)

But before we got there, we...

July 29, 2016

 I rode into the Mammoth area today, and had a marvelous welcome at Agnew Meadow from the pack station managers there.  My mother had called Red's Meadow earlier in the week to check on whether I would be allowed to stay overnight at the pack station, and they extended...

July 24, 2016

Another fairly easy day of only 20 miles as we crossed Mather Pass, but it ended with a very funny and strange encounter with a determined deer.  We started with a glorious clear day of sunshine as we began the climb up toward the pass itself.

At the top we paused to ta...

July 22, 2016

Today was a big day, as I rode over two big Sierra passes, including the highest point of the PCT, Forrester Pass, which tops out around 14,000 ft.  I believe we were some of the first stock over these passes this year, and I was very grateful that they were almost ent...

June 30, 2016

The day started off well as we passed some beautiful scenery, including pretty Toad Lake.  But it quickly took a bad turn when Takoda lost a front shoe.  Probably it got battered by yesterday's rocky trail, however the way it came off all at once and taking a big chunk...

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