Think about what it takes to hike over 2,600 miles in a summer. Now, think about what it takes to do it as an 11 year old. That’s what one father/daughter team from Salem did one summer as they hiked the entire Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada. And they shared the amazing story of their adventure with Oregon Field Guide. Tune in to the stations of OPB TV on Thursday, July 12 at 8:30pm.

Pacific Crest Trail – Eric Gjonnes (trail name “Balls”) and his daughter Reid (trail name “Sunshine”) set out from the Mexican border in late April to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail to Canada. If successful, Reid would become the second youngest person to accomplish the feat. Covering as many as 30 miles a day, they traversed deserts, forests and canyons. Braved snow, thousands of feet of elevation gain and loss, and turbulent rivers. The young trekker soon became the talk of the trail. As the weeks passed, the days grew shorter and infected blisters on Sunshine’s feet threatened to end the quest. But the duo remained determined and had the adventure of a lifetime.

Bug Chicks – Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are two entomologists on a mission. They want people to think differently about bugs. Give them 15 minutes and they can change squeals of disgust into “oohs” and “ahhs” of wonder.

Reddick and Honaker have master’s degrees in entomology and have traveled the world studying insects and arthropods. But a few years ago they turned their energy toward environmental science education. Under the moniker, The Bug Chicks, Reddick and Honaker take their menagerie of bugs to classrooms throughout the Northwest. Getting children to open their minds about bugs, Reddick said, helps them learn how to conquer their fears and keep their minds open about other tough subjects.

The show wraps up with a beautiful photo essay of Cape Arago.

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