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,Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7B "Cheshire" Abby Popenoe, left, "Guz" Sadie Sarvis, "Early Bird" Nika Meyers and "Squicrel" Carrie Johnson pause June 15 during their 2,650-mUe hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. The women, from Maine and Vermont, began their trip in early April and plan to reach the Canadian border by mid-August. Photo by Laura Beaton Laura Beaton Staff Writer Two thousand, six hundred and fifty miles is a heck of a long hike. But hundreds of people each summer take on the challenge of hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico all the way to Canada. Most hikers begin in April or May from Campo, near the Mexican border, depending on how much snow is in the mountains. Very few thru-hikers start at the , northern end and go south because of heavy snows in the Cascade Range. On Sunday, June 15, four intrepid thru-hikers paused for a break above Silver Lake in the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area. The halfway point of the trail lies near Highway 36 in Chester. The four women, two pairs of friends -- "Early Bird" :Nika Meyers, 25, and ,"Squirrel" Carrie Johnson, ;28, from Vermont and "Cheshire" Abby Popenoe, 19, ;and "Guz" Sadie Sarvis, 19, 'from Maine -- had to travel i more than 3,000 miles from 'their New England homes just to begin their epic hike from the Campo trailhead. Because of the dry winter, the four began their trip in : early April -- Cheshire and ' Guz on the 6th and Early Bird and Squirrel on the 9th. They were able to cross the usually snow-socked Sierra Nevada a month or two earlier than , most years. The women did :indeed encounter snow, but were able to get through it : without too much : difficulty. The women serendipitously Family members of one of met up on the trail before the hikers met them in they reached the high Sierra, Truckee and treated the and decided to stick together group to all the comforts of for safety and support while home. they hiked at elevations up to Trail registers along the 13,153 feet: Forester Pass, the 2,650-mile PCT allow hikers to highest point on the PCT. keep tabs on each other and Squirrel suffered from leave messages for other altitude sickness, but thanks hikers. Although the four to the nurturing help of her women said they were friends, made it through tempted to go to Quincy and safely. The four women have its natural foods store, they played leapfrog for hundreds had already planned a of miles, as each pair planned resupply stop at Belden. their resupply stops Cheshire and Guz, who independently, received their trail names In order to keep their packs from fellow hikers for their light -- between 20 and 30 propensities to smile wide pounds -- they arranged mail and guzzle water, drops at various road respectively, are planning to crossings along the trail, wind up their thru-hike by Hikers may also avail mid-August, when each will themselves of services at road go off to college. Cheshire will crossings such as a hot be attendll~gschool in : shower, meals and shopping. Washington while Guz will be HISTORIC SUMMIT SCHOOL FOR SALE Interior Fully Restored Integrity Retained Can Be Anything You Want: Antique Shop, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Ice Cream Parlor, Hot Dog Stand And/Or Your Home. 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Our interdisciplinary patient-centered care environment includes learning/teaching opportunities, an advanced electronic medical records system, and competitive salaries, with a generous comprehensive benefits package, including liability protection. calling Prescott, Arizona, home. The Pacific Crest Trail Association has an extensive team of volunteers that does trail maintenance, offers hikers rides into town and provides other valuable services. Another type of volunteer, "trail angels," often set up shop near road crossings. These good Samaritans provide cold drinks, fresh fruit, candy, meals and other treats for hungry and thirsty hikers. Chester dentist Brent Webb has even provided free dentistry services to thru-hikers. For more information on the PCT, or to read hikers' trail journals and view photos, go to J \ il reclp,en announ The Plumas Children's Council has announced the award of grants up to $2,000 to several local organizations and projects. Applicants were asked to submit proposals for projects and activities that provide parent support and increase knowledge of child development. Project Story Time is sponsored by the Plumas-Sierra Literacy Corporation. Parents and children ages birth to 10 will meet three times a month for reading and literacy activities. The contact is the Plumas Literacy Program at 283=6413. The Feather River Equine Therapy and Assisted Learning Project is designed to serve at-risk, low-income families to learn parent skills and how to develop positive and healthy interactions with their children. Interested families can call Horses Unlimited (836-4551) for more information. The county's Alternative Sentencing Program will partner with the Literacy Program to implement a 12-week summer project called Plumas Families in Action. The goal is to bring parents and teens together to develop a common language and identify skills for successful transition through adolescence. For more information call the district attorney's office at 283-6303. BOOST from Mountain Circle Family Services will support a variety of programs at the Indian Valley Community Center including the bouncy house playgrOup, cheer club, wrestling club, children and family yoga, and the family fitness hour. BOOST stands for Building On Opportunities to Strengthen Ties. More information is at 284-7007. Plumas Rural Services will provide a weekly child play and parent support group called Nurturing Parenting: Get Out & Play (GO Play). The program will offer parents an opportunity to meet and establish a social network with other parents and caregivers. Children will play with age-appropriate toys from the agency's Toy Library. Assistance with transportation is available. Call PRS at 283-3611, ext *826. Republican women to meet The Plumas County Republican Women will be meeting Thursday, June 26, at the Mt. Tomba Dinner House in Cromberg. 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