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10/7/14 4:19 A

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We had our week long backpacking trip to Rawah Wilderness Area in North Central Colorado. I must say, we met quite a few hikers on the trails. Mostly fisherman who were heading to the lakes. It's always good to chat and share information about the area. ......... My hiking buddies and I discussed getting others involved in backpacking and we each plan on inviting someone to join us next year. .......... Another note: I love to share my photos, but I'm having trouble downloading pictures. Message says my file size is too big.

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8/4/14 5:27 P

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How amazing how close in time we were there! When I was there in June we only had one full day of hiking because we drove in from Yosemite where we spent 3 full days hiking there! One of the places we visited was the Sequoia trees. I haven't caught what's happening with the Yosemite fire the last couple of days but I know on Saturday it was near those trees. I sure hope they got saved! I hope you had a great time at Mammoth Lakes. The couple I went with, before I came back to Texas, went again a few weeks after I left and took their two dogs with them. One of them started having health problems from the higher altitude (they are from Orange, CA) they didn't know she had and had to cut their trip short to get her taken care of find out what was wrong. They didn't take the dogs the time I went. They will still be hiking, just not taking the dogs. It was so beautiful there! I wish I had the stamina to go further like less than a year ago.

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8/3/14 3:06 P

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Hey, Linda, we may have passed each other in Mammoth, I was there in June and July this year! Just got back from that area last Sunday! And I have to say we had some trails and areas to ourselves (the more remote, harder to get to places, and some with more crowds. When we hiked to Chocolate Peak we saw only a few people on the trail to Chocolate lakes, but a ton of folks on the main Bishop pass trail. And that was just one hike.

When I see lots of folks out on our trails it's typically on really nice weather days, when I see no one, it's either raining or really hot or really cold! I like to enjoy all types of conditions....just makes me feel stronger, I suppose!

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8/2/14 6:04 P

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Thanks so much to both of you! I have read numerous books on the Appalachian Trail by hikers and loved them. It had been a goal to hike parts of it. Where I lived in New Mexico, the Continental Divide trail also ran and I hiked numerous parts of it in day hikes. It seems a much lonelier trail that the AT. I read a book by a couple that started out, then he had to leave later on due to foot problems and she continued by herself on the CD. I also saw a movie several times called Ride The Divide about a bike race from Canada to Mexico on the CD trail. I think there were about 18 that started and only 4 that finished it. Took about 3 weeks I think. Lovely country through. And I read another book about someone who hiked the Pacific Crest trail, and when I was in California recently was actually on a couple of miles in it when me and a couple of friends went to the Devil's Postpile and hiked some near Mammoth Lake. So many wonderful trails for short or long hikes!

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8/2/14 2:49 A

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Looks like less hikers is not to much of a trend. I live in central Kansas and there are a few trails to hike within a good driving distance, but not frequented much. Four of us drive to a wilderness area in Wyoming or Colorado each year for a lengthy backpacking trip (usually 6 days) and it seems like we rarely run into other hikers. I remember years back, we would run into quite a few and it was always neat to find out where they were from and share a few stories. Really glad it's not that way in your area. Never hiked on the west coast. I do get down to Georgia some, but it's been a few years. It's on my bucket-list to hike the southern part of the Appalachian Trail. My father's side of the family lives in Blue Ridge and the southern trailhead is pretty close by. Maybe I'll do it next year. Anyway, I'm always trying to get others to become aware of nature. To see it, appreciate it, and preserve it! I want what remains to be there for generations to come. ........ Maybe We'll run into a few hikers this year. ...........Linda, you're an inspiration for sure. I feel you get the best out of your 2-3 miles and I feel you'll progress the more you hike. Just take it slow and and be safe young lady. Hope all things will become better for you.

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8/1/14 8:41 P

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Wow, Linda...after reading your post I can't gripe. My excuses aren't any good. Even with this caregiving I do I should be able to find at least some time to get away....

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8/1/14 6:14 P

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When I lived in New Mexico, until last October, I hadn't really noticed a decrease in hikers, although in the area I lived I talked to a number but didn't run into a lot. I was on the edge of the Gila National Forest and so many trails and places around there that may be why didn't run into each other as much. Then I had a stroke with a brain bleed on Halloween. I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area now. Not the hills I'm used to. I can manage a couple of miles and then I'm done but I still love to find those places that seem like some hills and forests. My balance is still off and though I've been walking to build up again after the stroke for several months I still have a hard time. But nature and getting out there is still my therapy and favorite activity so even if I can't go more than 2 or 3 miles I still love to do it. My pictures also get a lot of oohs and ahhs.

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8/1/14 11:11 A

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Chris, I'm happy to hear that about California. It doesn't seem to be that way here in Georgia - we have some lovely state parks that seem to get way too little use. As far as 'getting away from the crowds' goes that makes it nice for us, but I hate that this wonderful resource is being under utilized. And the three times we hiked in national parks out west it seemed the majority of people we talked to were from Europe. Granted it was in May before school was out, but still its sad to me that people travel here from Europe while our own people haven't explored our parks more!

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8/1/14 10:36 A

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Hmm, it doesn't seem that way to me, living in Northern California, hiking often 3-4 times a week on different trails this time of year. Half my neighbors seem to be going camping this weekend (it is just before school starts up again). And the mountains are up to 20 degrees cooler than this 100 degree heat we have in the valley, so that's an attraction! And I've ran into a lot of families and summer camp groups on the trails this summer. Having to hike further to get some quiet!! Might be just a regional difference, and the fact we are so close to public forests, lakes and mountain trails.

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8/1/14 8:41 A

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I thought I was the only one who is having a hard time this year. I'm a caregiver and my caregiving duties are slowly becoming more demanding. I had a rough winter and gained weight and backslid. I hope I can get out more this fall, but I can't be away for extended periods, nor do I feel good about going too far away. I can't leave my sick old Sweetie alone for too much time.

And now I hear that other people aren't getting out much?

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8/1/14 5:36 A

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While sitting around with my hiking buddies, discussing our upcoming backpack trip, we were sharing comments about the decrease of hikers we've seen in the wilderness areas the last couple of years. I pointed out that it's getting to be the same on the shorter hikes in and around our area. We assume that part of the blame could be the "hand held" technology that the youth today so need to have (so they think). I pointed out that parents could be part of the problem, because of the complacency of their lifestyles. Not enough family, outdoor activity and to much...do for me attitude which seems to lead to laziness. Maybe there's a mindset that hiking is boring, no excitement to be had. ......... Maybe we need to be promoters and presenters of the outdoors. My kids and their friends, my co-workers and neighbors have an open invitation to join me on an outdoor adventure. Do something that may draw questions. Pack you backpack in the driveway. Ask for help loading the kayaks. My favorite one is showing off my hundreds of photos. I get a lot of oohs and aahs, a lot of comments about how cool it must have been and how it looks like fun. ........ So maybe this weekend or sometime soon you could offer an outdoor experience to someone! Never know, it might spread!

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