'Wild' Draws Huge Crowds To The Pacific Crest Trail

Jul 31, 2015
Leslie McClurg

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Usually, a few hundred hardy souls make the trek every year. But this year, the number of people attempting the arduous journey is in the thousands.

The Tuolumne Meadows post office in Yosemite National Park is packed. Ragged hikers wait in a long twisting line outside.

Inside the tiny post office, packages are tightly stacked from floor to ceiling. Boxes spill out into the adjoining café.  Hiker Max Bennett is praying new shoes from his girlfriend arrive soon.

Krista Almanzan

Judith Quinones lays out pictures of her late husband Abel on an ottoman in the living room of her assisted living community.

“This is my favorite one of Abel.  He looks nice.   I just love it,” says Quinones holding a photo of a younger Abel.  It was taken before he rose to the rank of Master Chief in the Navy where he served around the world including in Vietnam. 

Krista Almanzan

In the military, drones often fly on solo missions, but now researchers, including some in the Monterey Bay Area, are working on ways to have several drones work together as a group or swarm.

In an experiment at Camp Roberts in southern Monterey County, researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School have loaded a V-shaped drone,  they call a flying wing, onto what looks like a giant sling shot.

Krista Almanzan

The new Taylor Farms building anchors downtown Salinas.  It’s a company built on three generations of farming,  a fixture in the Salinas Valley, but perhaps  just as important to the future of this region is what happed in the temporary tent set up just out front late last week.  It’s enormous.  The type of tent you’d find at an outdoor wedding.

A first challenger has emerged in next year’s campaign for the 20th Congressional District seat on the Central Coast.  She is Casey Lucius, a member of the Pacific Grove City Council for three years and a candidate for the Republican nomination against veteran Democratic Congressman Sam Farr.