Monday, June 23, 2008

Decrepitude and Rusty Objects

I'm sitting here thwarted because once again nature has cancelled our attempt to finish the one 50 mile piece of the Pacific Crest Trail that we have yet to complete in California.

It's just a short segment from Kennedy Meadows to Cottonwood Pass, and when we finished our 250 mile segment from Agua Dulce to Kennedy Meadows on May 19th, our plan was to come back and do the Cottonwood Pass stretch on June 6, after the snow level had dropped sufficiently. Well, several days after we got home there was a big storm, and the Cottonwood Pass area got several feet of fresh snow instead of melting off. So, we rescheduled once again for June 22. We were all packed up and ready to leave, but checked to see if firefighters were still letting pct hikers go thru the small fire just north of Kennedy Meadows. That fire became a monster overnight and has gone from about 300 acres to 3000+. Wildfire Today: Clover fire approaches Hwy. 395 Hikers are barred from the pct, though they can detour around. Since it's our last 50 miles of California, finishing on a detour wasn't what we wanted, so once more we have rescheduled, now in late July.

The one good thing about canceling a trip is that suddenly you have a blank calendar. In my newly acquired idle time I learned how use Google Reader to read blogs automatically. I have favorite blogs, but usually forget to check them regularly.

I was reading Tom Managan's TwoHeel Drive blog this morning and he had an old shack picture. That reminded me that I've been accumulating photos of old cars, rusty objects, and decrepit buildings that we have encountered while hiking, and decided to share some of them.

The old truck at top, and shack at bottom are both at Fox Mill Spring on section G of the pct. The rusty vw is somewhere on section B or C.

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