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This thread is where I'm going to post photos from my treks this year.

Last weekend, I did a post winter shakedown cruise on the Laurel Highlands Hiking trail (70 miles long) in order to grab a geocache. I did 9 miles round trip, between mile markers 18 and 23. It was a gorgeous day for a hike. When I started, it was 30F and I was wearing a long sleeved shirt under a fleece under a down sweater and a wool hat. By the time I turned back, it was 60 and I was wearing only the long sleeved shirt (and pants).

Entered the trail from the Laurel Ridge State Park.

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The things you come across in the Pennsylvania woods. A cemetery in which the oldest date that I could figure out was 1819 and she was a 12 or 14 year old girl. You can't read most of the stone anymore.

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Starting into some boulder fields.

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Craggy old rocks. Craggy old trees.

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How does nature do that?

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I was hiking on a dry plateau but found this trickle fed spring along the trail. It proved to be a great way to test my new water filter.

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This filter uses medical grade hollow fibers and if you notice the dual tubes, one is for drawing up the water the other is for back flush water. 10% of the water drawn in is used to continuously back flush the filter, eliminating the need for back country cleaning! It worked great, pumps 2+ liters/minute.

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More vista!

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Vista cubed!

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A view from the cliff I was standing on.

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Don't step on that crack, or you'll break your mother's back.

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Seemed fitting.

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More boulder fields. They're getting big now.

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Jagger field.

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The trail heads up into the rock maze.

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Walking among the rocks.

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Life has a melody.

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My prize is 6 feet into a hole under those rocks.

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Great spot for lunch!

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Freeze dried lasagne is on the menu today.

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A barren meadow on top of the plateau.

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The first signs of spring that I saw!

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Life has a melody.

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San Diego, Cal., USA
Beautiful. Thanks for the photographic journey, Justin. Happy2

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Southern Ohio
Very nice pictures. Sitting in front of a computer everyday - all day - I long for those trips.

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Posting Freak
That looks like a great hike. Happy2

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Austin, TX
Great images and I agree- took me right along for the ride. Thanks for that!

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