The Trek Continues Through Northern California

The wildfires continue to rage as I head north. To my relief, none of the trail has been closed while I was hiking through. It is evident, nonetheless, that the flames are close. Smoke often obscures the view of the mountains directly across the valley, sometimes making it challenging to landmark. This part of the trail is extremely dry and dusty, with long water-less stretches returning. Continue reading “The Trek Continues Through Northern California”


For those who were/are interested in my thru-hike, I haven’t fallen off a ridge or caught on fire. I am now finished with my adventure and have taken the time to compile my notes and photos so that I can describe the rest of my hike to you! It turns out that when you are walking all day (and sometimes at night) there is little time for blog writing…so here it is! Continue reading “Mountain-mania”

Walking Through A Desert of Scorpions

There’s no doubt about it now, I’m in the desert! After a brutal rain/wind storm, the real Southern California weather has hit and it is hot!!! In this type of climate, it pays to be nocturnal. Now, I wake up very early, hike until it’s too hot, nap, then hike again in the evening. Many other desert creatures take the same approach to escape the heat, conserve water or to prey upon other nocturnal animals. I have spotted several scorpions and a tarantula in the middle of the trail!
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Journey Across The Pacific Crest Trail

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: Continue reading “Journey Across The Pacific Crest Trail”