One of our staff members, Carlene Gallant, took a six month leave from BIO to trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. She will be giving us periodic updates throughout the journey and we will share her adventures with you.
This is what she has experienced so far:
I’m Carlene, a lab tech at BIO. My passion for biodiversity and the great outdoors has recently led me West. I have just finished my first day of hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail leads from the border of California and Mexico, through a section of desert, up the crest of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains ranges, and ends at the border of Washington and Canada.
So far it has been spectacular, with a new plant or animal around every corner. So far I have encountered a few tarantula hawks and thorny devils. Both are typical desert animals that have very interesting lifestyles. Tarantula hawks are wasps that prey upon tarantulas. They paralyze them with venom and feed the live spider to their young. Thorny devils are masters of camouflage and squirt blood out of their eyes to intimidate their predators.
I have only finished 20 miles on the trail and already have seen so much! Stay tuned for more wildlife updates as I keep hiking.