Last week Viviana Ramponi and her cousin Lillian Lindquist set up a stand at Swede's Feeds selling cookies and hot cocoa to raise money for Sonoma charities that support homeless people. Thanks to the generosity of shoppers, and the deliciousness of their wares, they raised $110!
Dr. Lara Rice's Oakmont General and Implant Dentistry had a nice turnout on Nov. 21 for their Freedom Day event, providing free dental services to veterans, first responders, and active military. The office donated $12,000 in free dental procedures including cleanings, exams, x-rays, fillings, and extractions. Dr. Rice said, “We were all very thrilled to be able to give back to these people who risk their lives everyday for our freedom and safety. Thank you for your service!”
I have a backlog of items for Village Chat from before the fires. We didn't publish an October 15th issue, as we were all evacuated and there was no power at the office anyway. It's the only issue we've ever missed. So it must be a small sign of normalcy that I can report on what people were doing in September and October.
On Oct. 1, Kyle walked across Highway 49 outside of Sierra City, California, and was met by his parents Mark and Kathleen, his sister Amanda, and his Uncle Val, along with the family dogs. This marked the completion of his thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, a National Scenic Trail which stretches 2,650 miles between the Mexican and Canadian borders through some of the best mountain scenery in the western United States.
Kyle began the hike in Campo, California on April 20, and managed to cross the deserts and mountains of Southern California before entering the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains. After summiting Mt. Whitney (the highest in the continental U.S. at 14,508 feet), and climbing straight up the ice and snow of Forester Pass (the highest pass on the PCT at 13,153 feet), he made the decision to exit the Sierra at Kearsarge Pass and skip ahead to Sierra City and continue to Canada from there.
Along the way Kyle met many new friends and visited many National Forests, wilderness areas, and National Parks. After crossing the Canadian border at Manning Park, BC, Kyle and his hiking partners traveled back down to Kearsarge Pass to hike north and finish the previously skipped 407 miles through the Sierra Nevada.
All told, his hike lasted 166 days with 19 “zero-days” off trail, and he hiked 2,775 miles (over 2,600 of which were official on-trail miles). He lost about 20 pounds throughout the journey, and typically hiked 25 miles each day. The conditions in 2017 were especially difficult because of the heavy snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and the multitude of wildfires across California, Oregon, and Washington. Kyle is one of 350 hikers to finish the trail this year, out of the initial 4,000+ who started (according to PCTA.org). Quite a feat. Congratulations, Kyle!
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