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Home to the Mountains!

Postby Hetchy » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:47 pm

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Lucky Hiker
I have been working like a slave since returning to the "real" world after my Appalachian Trail thru hike.
Thus I have secured a studio in the redwood forest in Ben Lomond California!
Big Basin, Castle Rock, Henry Cowell, and the open space preserves of the Santa Cruz mountains are now in my back yard.
Yes.. I am going home to the mountains once more.
I have leanred something about myself. it is that: I can tolerate the ridiculous demands of secondary aims in life, provided i have wilderness to come home to.
I am a very lucky man.
You can make more money, but you can't make more time.



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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:14 am

Hey, after all those miles, you really deserve a home in the mountains! So glad you found it. Good luck on coming back to "civilization". I hope this does not mean that you are quitting long through-hikes. What is the next "big trip"?
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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby ERIC » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:06 pm

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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:01 pm

Ben Lomond is in a great area - very jealous!

Next time I'm over to visit my friends in Santa Cruz maybe we can go hike Skyline to Sea.
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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby Hetchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:53 pm

Thanks everyone! I just unpacked and set up my computer. It's 80 degrees and i have every window open in the place as well as all three doors!
Don't worry.. my long distance hiking days are not over.
The next step is unclear to me at this point. There are a lot of awesome trails out there.
I really miss the Sierra though. I have been hiking everywhere else in the country since 2009.
Anyhow, i have to stack up some cash for the next adventure and it seems like a good idea to find a place to "winter up".
I suspect my wanderlust will haunt me into cashing everything in once again.
I sure do wonder what the rest of the Continental divide from Waterton to the Yukon would be like.
Of course there is always Alaska.. I have heard they have a coupkle of mountains up there too. :D
Right now the crickets are singing outside amongst the redwoods.. life is sooo good! :bear:
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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby ERIC » Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:51 pm

Hetchy wrote:Don't worry.. my long distance hiking days are not over.


Pfft... As if we were 'worried' about THAT. :rolleyes:

I'd like to throw in my own solicitation for a meet up next time I'm headed in the direction of SC. Used to work for David Bruce Winery on Bear Creek Rd back in the late 90's - the only 'commute' I'll likely ever miss. At the very least, I want to see for myself some of the custom gear you've concocted, and hear tall tales from your long distance journeys. :thumbsup:
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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby Hetchy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:04 pm

That would be awesome! You used to work at the David Bruce winery up on bear Creek road as i recall. I am sure you understand why i wanted to live in this area, for however long it lasts.
Outside the Sierra, the Santa Cruz mountains still have something magical for me. If I were to win the lottery i would buy a big chunk of land here... Nah.. I would hike the rest of my days. :D
Be sure to look me up when you are out this way again. You can laugh at all my grubby thru hiker gear! I have also been known to drink beer occasionally.. and Henflings Bar or the Tyrolean Pub IS only 1 mile away :partyman: :drinkers: :rock: :yummy: :littledevil:
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Re: Home to the Mountains!

Postby bluefintu » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:42 pm

Hey Hetchy,
I thought you hit the lottery, because of all the time you can take off. Keep hiking and we sure enjoy your reports. Be safe.
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