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[pct-l] Update from The VVR

Okay. I finally am able to take a minute and do this off line and take a
shot at getting it out. Again I'm very sorry for our p-poor phone
system. At&T Wireless just doesn't seem to want to help like they use
to. If any one has any connections with them let them know how much they
are needed up here. Many hikers would like to send email. 
So far we have had John Breen 6/29, Jason Lakey and John Drollette
7/3/98, Jim Gwilliam and Graham Brown 7/5, Mark Morse 7/12, and Jennifer
Pittman 7/12. Josh Dhaseleer arived last night as is staying another.
All were in good health and spirts and as usual it was most difficult to
say goodbye. I would have to say that Josh takes the blister award, 2 of
my staff had to put there heads between there knees to keep from
fainting. (real lite weights) We got him doctored up and should be OK.
Jennifer really touched everyones heart here. What a special person. Her
and Mark were our hosts for our new Celebrity BBQ night. We had 38
volunteer trail workers here for dinner as well and everyone was most
impressed with them. The leader of the group, Shane Grogan of
"California Outfitters" Fresno gave Jennifer a new pair of boots because
hers were the wrong size and was a problem and to top that off he gave
Mark a new pack because of the poor fit and it was breaking down. Shane
gets a little testy when someone sells people crap. It was like
Christmas for a few hours in July. I know I'm not suppose to plug a
commercial company but this guy went above and beyond and if anyone gets
a chance stop by his shop in Fresno CA, do it.
We have had a few JMT hikers drive in or hitch and take off to do a
section or so. They don't seem to be as hearty as the PCT'ers. On a note
of humor Mark and Jennifers' pack weighed in at 60 and 55 pounds. I
asked if they had read Rays book? answer, Ray who? 
Its nice to start seeing a few hikers what a contrast form last year, we
had 150 by now. I'll try to keep you all up dated as best I can. 
Happy Trails 
209 259-4000

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