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Rim to Rim

Last week I got paid to hike North Rim to South Rim for my new job. It was an awesome hike with 7 park service interpretive staff that knew practically anything there was to know about the Canyon.



We took four days to cross the Canyon, which is much slower than most people get the opportunity for, but we were stopping at almost every rock laer change, new plant, insect, etc to share knowledge. Stayed at Cottonwood campground on the way down, Phantom Ranch, and Indian Garden on the… Continue

Added by Janette on May 15, 2009 at 1:46pm — 3 Comments

To anyone travelling from the Southeast this summer.

If you are headed for Interstates 40 or 55 and traveling through AL and/or MS on AL 78, look out for signs for Appalachian Project Corridor X. They are blue signs, kind of like an alternate route sign. This brand new road will ultimately be designated as Interstate 22, but obviously that has not yet happened. The road is an Interstate by any other name: the brand new parts are 6 lane nicely graded blacktop, older portions are still 4 lane and concrete in places, but it has very light traffic,… Continue

Added by Janette on March 17, 2009 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Gusty Winds May Exist

....and other roadside oddities.

I have left Florida behind. Since over-baking myself on the beach I have spent three days in decreasing temperatures, snow, ice and freezing fog.



As I travel westward, in the boredom of concentrating on the Interstate lane ahead of me, I see only brief glimpses of the land I pass through. Some much more brief than others: the 50’-100’ limited vision of freezing fog masked the sight of everything but the… Continue

Added by Janette on March 13, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Bragging on the Florida Winter

Today’s episode of my journey westward was a nice short low mileage day. I left my friend Marti’s on a cold foggy late winter morning clad in wool socks, jeans and a sweater. By noon, the Florida winter sun was out in full force. Having a couple of hours to spare until my friend MaryBeth finished work, I was in a bikini basking on the beautiful undeveloped white sugar sand beach at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. By 2pm I was burnt from the sun,… Continue

Added by Janette on March 9, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

True Friends Leave Footprints in Your Heart!

As excited as I am to be leaving Florida to travel West, to explore new places, hike more trails, and meet new friends, it is the friends I leave behind that make starting this journey so hard. The footprints in my heart are forged by friends so varied. Some acquaintances leave only a slight indentation, as in shallow dry sand, but those trodden by coworkers, hiking partners, neighbors, and lovers are forged in the mud of adversity and in love. These… Continue

Added by Janette on March 7, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

When Does “Some” become an Obsession?

I’m almost finished packing up the RV to get on the road. Carrying my accommodation with me is going to be a great benefit, but being much smaller quarters then I’m used to required many difficult decisions. To take, or not to take? has been the question applied to everything I own. The big items were easy, places found for them on a “where will it go?” basis: kayak mounted rooftop, and bicycle on a rack behind. Car, not able to be towed, had to be sold. Smaller but needworthy items were… Continue

Added by Janette on March 7, 2009 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

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