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Sidewinder's Journal and Photos
Welcome to the home of Sidewinder’s PCT 2004 journal and photos. This is where you can come to read my journal entries and see photos of my journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Most people know me as FJ so obviously my parents did not give me the name Sidewinder. It is merely my trail name. For those of you unfamiliar with trail names, let me explain.
A trail name is a moniker adopted by a person during a long distance hike. It usually has some story behind it and if often given by another hiker. During my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2000, I was given the name Sidewinder. So if you are here trying to find journals and photos for FJ but all you find are links for some wacko named Sidewinder, rest easy. Sidewinder and FJ are the same person.
If you have't guessed already I am following up my 2000 AT thru-hike by hiking the PCT. There are a few differences this year. First off, my friend Loren, who thru-hiked the AT in 1999, is joining me. Secondly, Loren has been gracious enough to loan me a bit of his website to put my journal online.
That is what this page is all about. On my AT thru-hike, I was pretty good about jotting down a journal entry every day. This year I hope to do the same thing. Even though I am not the best nor most elegant writer there is, everyone is welcome to browse through my journal and read about my adventures and experiences.
If things go extremely well and all the stars are in alignment, you might also be able to see photos I have taken along the trail. I can't promise any award winners here either. Obviously since the photos will take longer to upload, there are no promises as to how often they will get updated. But, hopefully you will enjoy what I do post.
Don't forget to check out the different charities we are trying to help by hiking. Remember that even $10 will make a huge differnce.
Enjoy the reading and the photos and thanks for stopping by. If you want,
send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you later.     Sidewinder
NOTE: My complete journal including entries after August 14th can also be found at: www.trailjournals.com/sidewinder.
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