Tuna boats go to war

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— May 3, 2013 3:25 p.m.

neighborhoods/julian -- Julian

**PEACH PIE AND THE PCT EXPERIENCE** Two things going on in Julian today: "The trail is training for homelessness," one hiker told me when he stopped for provisions in Julian recently. We are at the 80-mile point on the trail (Pacific Crest Trail) and trekkers are just beginning to appear in our town. A donation/trade box is usually set up in front of **Jack's Grocery** on Main Street. Two things which have surprised me most about this year's initial trailees is the number of single females on the trail and how many hikers use food stamp cards to pay for their groceries. The adventure starts in a stark spot in Campo with a marker indicating where to take the first step on the popular path from Mexico to Canada. Mexico is literally a stone's throw away from the concrete statue that initiates thousands of journeys. Books and blogs are showing up on my Kindle about the variety of experiences that the hikers are having. One book called **"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," by Cheryl Strayed** was written by one of the single hikers I mentioned. From Julian, hikers often get a lift to Scissors Crossing. One local who goes by "Checkers" (Kevin Love) arranges transport for about $15. He can be reached at (760)215-0386. You can also book him to take you to the city. The reason I mentioned peach pie is that a) it's one of my favorite things and b) it is available today **only** at **Apple Alley Cafe**. I personally confirmed with the owner that today, Wednesday, April 24th, would be Peach Pie Day. Debbie, the owner and chief baker, would not let me call it that but agreed to make the pies. She only makes them twice a year. For now.
— April 24, 2013 9:30 a.m.

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