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Robin Michel
The Adventurous Dilletante
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Barbary Coast Trail, San Francisco
For my husband's birthday this year, we decided to go to San Francisco, which is about a 5 hour drive from where we live.  Unfortunately, we only had enough time to spend a day and a half in the city because Jeff needed to be back to start a new job.  But f...
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I Love Wild - Bring It On
Here’s my Wild “confession.”  I’ve read Wild twice and enjoyed it thoroughly
both times.  Yeah, I’m one of “them.”  One of those Wild fans who read the book and ran straight out and tried to hike the PCT.  Actually, no, that’s not quite how it happened. I’v...
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Day Hiking in Yosemite: Day 3
For our final day in Yosemite, we wanted to do one last short hike before heading home.  We both agreed that something in Tuolomne Meadows was ideal because 1) it was on our way home and 2) I could get my passport stamped at the visitor's center at TM.  Aft...
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Day Hiking in Yosemite: Day 2
Day 2 of our Yosemite Trip was a comedy of errors.  Our plan had been to hike up to Glacier Point on the 4 Mile Trail. Yeah sure, we can do that.  Easy.  Right?  Heh. So the day started off with us bumbling around Yosemite Valley.  I wanted to get the Yosem...
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Day Hiking in Yosemite: Day 1
A couple of weekends ago, my buddy and I went to Yosemite to do some camping and day hiking. Both of us live on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so we cruised down Highway 395 to Lee Vining and drove up the long climb to Tioga Pass. We got to t...
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TRT vs. Plantar Fasciitis
Newsflash - the planar fasciitis won.  My plan had been to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail as a series of weekends.  I had it all planned out.  The reasons seemed good - a series of weekends would mean fewer days off from work, more time to recuperate between segm...
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My One Successful Trip So Far this Summer
I had big backpacking plans for this summer.  I was going to thru hike the Tahoe Rim Trail and try to get onto any trail as much as possible.  Sadly, I misjudged just how bad my plantar fasciitis is.  So far, I've gone on exactly one backpacking trip and th...
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Disaster Strikes
So it's been a while since I last posted.  No recent hikes have been taken and my training regime has dwindled to the occasional lap around a nearby park with my dog.  Why?  Two words.  Plantar fasciitis.  Ugh. I've actually been anticipating this.  My righ...
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Practice Makes Perfect
For me, probably one of the best things about doing a "short" trail next summer, is that I will be able to experiment with some changes I'd like to make regarding gear, food, and, honestly myself. Gear I liked the gear I had with me on the PCT.  I had minor...
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Unsolicited Advice - A Couple More Backpacking Do Nots
"Yeah well, you know, that's just like you're opinion man."  -The Big Lebowski After writing a previous post about backpacking do nots, I thought up a few more. 1. Do not use long distance backpacking as a means to lose weight and/or get into shape.  You wi...
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