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After leaving Mammoth Lakes we traveled through Tuolumne Meadows. We had a lot of rain and strong winds during these next five and half days. As we headed north we came to Highway 108, down the road a few miles was Kennedy Meadows North Resort. Guthook’s guide showed that although they had hot showers and a small restaurant, our resupply options would be very limited here. While hiking to the road we decided that we would test our luck and try to hitch 30 miles in the other direction down to Bridgeport, a much larger town with two grocery stores....

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After hiking on the trail in all four seasons this past year we have had the chance to try out all kinds of gear. While hiking on the trail it was one of the most common conversations that could be heard at camp. Dion is such a gear head, he could talk about it all day. He really knows his stuff too, if this graphic design thing doesn’t work out for him the first place he will be looking to get a job it REI. He will not require any training. When we lived in Boulder, a few blocks from...

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We have been on Long Island for a few days visiting family and friends, having a great time! We are all really enjoying the down time, the rest both physically and mentally and getting to do all the things that we’ve missed being on the trail. Cotton clothing, ample amounts of toilet paper and couch time are all things we are really enjoying! We aren’t having a hard time getting back into “real-life” because for us we know it is temporary. We couldn’t imagine trying to settle down right now when we have the option to do anything we want...

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After waking the next morning it felt strange to not have to think about what we had left to do until we were done. The trail and the last few days were all we were still talking about, but now it’s over. Now we are going to head back up north to Long Island and visit family and friends for a couple of weeks. Before we head back we have to go thank Laurie Potteiger for telling us about that Browntown side trail and return the maps we had borrowed. We love getting to go to the ATC office. Walking...

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We woke again to see another day on the trail. This time it’s different though, today we finish! Almost 9 months since we’ve started, after today we will be finished. It wasn’t always easy, sometimes it was down right hard, but it’s been worth every obstacle we’ve faced to be able to give Buddy this life experience. We can look back now and say, “I wish we did that,” but our hike went exactly as it was suppose to. We have grown together as a family and as individuals along the way and learned life lessons we couldn’t have ever found...

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