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The bad news is that Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon there is a winter storm warning for the Tahoe area - where I am - with 100mph winds and 10" of snow (the worst of it Tuesday night). The good news is I am comfortably holed up at Jim and Jackie's house in Carson City, NV. I have had 40-60mph winds the last couple days and nights and it's been hard on my tarp and sleep - but fortunately no rain/snow at the same time.

I'm going to wait and see how the storm develops before spending a night on the trail but I might try to piece together several day-hikes to finish my LAST 60 MILES! I'll know more tomorrow (Tuesday). The good thing is that Jim and Jackie are nearby if I should run into trouble - and cell reception is pretty good.

No matter what, I am committed to being finished by Friday when Andrea arrives for a Reno vacation. If I have to come back next year to hike Echo Lake to Donner Pass, it wouldn't be the end of the world. But, I am optimistic that I can find good (i.e. safe) weather Wednesday and Thursday.

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I am currently at the Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) enjoying some laundry, clean clothes, and food. I haven't had a lot of time or internet availability, nor will I for another 10 days, so forgive the infrequent blogging.

I got back on the PCT around Lone Pine, CA, 20 or so miles south of the Mt Whitney side trail (PCT mile 749) and the scenery has been phenomenal! Mt Whitney had a gorgeous view (highest mountain in the lower 48 states) and all the mountain passes and valleys in between have been stunning (and mostly void of SNOW!).

The only snag so far is that I just learned Tuolumne Meadows, my next resupply, is closed already. D'oh! So my alternative is to see if I can bribe my Uncle Glenn in to coming out from Santa Cruz to take me to a store (hehe), hike/hitch 25 miles to Yosemite Valley (and back 25 miles), or get to Mammoth Lakes, CA and just carry an extra 2 days of food. I hate changing logistics. Blech.

Anyway, I'm paying for internet by the half hour, so it's time to log out. Sorry you have to wait a while longer for the next set of photos. :)

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Oh Canada! 
It's Andrea-- I got the fabulous news yesterday that Ken made it into Canada. Today he's on his way to Vancouver, Sunday to Reno, and Monday to the southern Sierra's where he'll hike north to Truckee to finish the segment he skipped. Only a couple weeks more to go!

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