Monday, December 29, 2014

Prairie Creek State Park: Hope Creek Loop/ Steve Swift Bicycling for Cancer

Jefferson and fused redwoods

Hope Creek Trail
Pacific Ocean across from Fresh Water Lagoon 
Steve Swift in Trinidad. He's been biking across America for almost three years and 14,000 miles after being diagnosed with cancer and given 18 months to live. He's on his final leg before heading home to Oregon.
My neighbor Jefferson and I went for a hike along the Hope Creek Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park yesterday. It's a fantastic 3.5 mile loop that includes big redwoods along the bottoms and more of a mixed forest along the ridge tops. Jefferson described having eco-shock since he has just moved here from Chicago a couple weeks ago. It's nice to hike with someone who seems to really appreciate the forest. On a side note, water levels have dropped dramatically since last week. Heading into the park, the prairies that were flooded are back to normal.

Heading home, we met a man named Steve Swift in Trinidad. He's been bicycling across America. He was diagnosed with cancer and given 18 months to live. That was almost three years ago, and 14,000 miles later. He's on the final leg of his bike ride and is heading home to Oregon where he hopes to write a book and open a cancer center. Here's a news article and short interview with Steve Swift.

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