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Page g - The lssaquah Press) Wednesday, February 9, 1983 Cross country walkers stop for a haircut in Issaquah by Rhode Donkin When you&apos;ve walked 4,000 miles, one of life's pleasures is having a hair dresser massage your scalp, wash the soot out of your hair, and cut off strands of withered and windswept locks. Larry Amkraut and Bren- da Sweet topped into David's Precision Hair Design last week for just that treatment by the salon's owner, David Simmons. It was a free cut from a friend. The adventurous couple was en route from Seattle to Pale Alto, California, on the last leg of their walking trip together across the United States. Amkraut started his trek on Memorial Day, in 1979, from the easternmost point of the country, Eastport, Maine, where he "put his foot in the Atlantic Ocean." He got lonely along the way, so he bought a white Samoyed husky pup in Penn- sylvania. Later he met Sweet in White Cloud, Mich. and the three have been constant companions since early 1981. The trip hasn't been an easy one. Amkraut, formerly an outdoors equipment editor for a sports magazine, admits he has had an in- satiable need to roam since he was a child. Now 30, he has followed his wanderlust for the last four years, some- times living hand to mouth along the way. "1 was basically hungry all the time until 1 got to North Dakota," he said. "In that state people fed us so well we practically had to be lifted from their tables." Sweet, l0 years younger, came out of sheer curiosity. She thought she would try it out for a couple of months. Now two years and 2,000 miles later, she says her life has completely changed. "I became a Christian in North Dakota. I've learned ,to love this country. I never used to want to be a part of the system." Amkraut is a little less star struck but no less philo- sophical. He plans to write a book about the trip and has already signed with an agent in Seattle. They had planned a brief stop in Seattle, but were de- layed two months because the dog became pregnant. Despite stringent efforts to prevent it from happening, the handsome husky paired up with a wooly black visitor on the road to Seattle, and by the time they reached the city she was due. "It was my fault," lamented Amkraut. "I should have kept her on a leash the way we did through the whole state of Min- nesota." Loftus gave birth to seven puppies in Seattle and Amkraut and Sweet waited there until the pups were weaned. After a story about the adventurous couple ap- peared in the Post- Intelligencer, dozens of peo- ple called for the pups. David Simmons was one. His six-week old puppy, "Oevereaux" now makes oc- casional appearances at the salon, scrambling around beneath the vinyl cushioned seats with their bubble-top hair dryers. Haircuts for the walkers provided a chance for final goodbyes between mother and pup, and, as it was get- ting dark by the time they were all set to go, Simmons offered them a place to spend the night at his home along Lake Sammamish. "It's the people who made the trip so amazing," said Amkraut. "I hadn't thought much about who I would meet before I left. But again and again the people made everything worth it." There were hardships only walkers would experience, like not seeing a tree for seven months and a winter in North Dakota where every day was a ten mile hike at I00 degrees below freezing. Sweet had bad blisters for months and longed for the comfort of family when the holiday season arrived each year. Amkraut got despon- dent when his articles were rejected for publication and they ran out of money. Once the only alternative was scav- enging bottles and cans along the roadside to recycle for lm, bread and peanut butter. But the two trekkers remember the good times, the splendor of the Evergreen Mountains in Vermont and the Cascades in the west. Says Amkraut, "I won't say it's always been exciting, but there has been an absence of monotony." They have traveled well equipped fo'r the hard weather and challenging ter- rain. Amkraut has gone through three pairs of hiking boots in his four years on the road, and Sweet doesn't know how many pairs of walking shoes she's worn out. They have triet every kind of waterproof gear, "state- of-the-art stuff." But, says the equipment pro, "You i know what works best in the rain? An umbrella." Amkraut and Sweet left Issaquah on Wednesday morning, heading south on the lssaquah-Hobart Road, through May Valley, on their way to unknown points south. 1. Get a free home energy checkup. If you're a Puget Power customer with electric heat, we can give you a free, computer-assisted energy analysis. You'll find out how much energy and money you're losing by letting cold air in and warm air out And you'll find out how much you can save by adding such things as storm windows and insu- lation for ceilings, walls, and floors. 2. Get a free solar survey. As part of your home energy checkup, we'll tell you whether or not solar water or space heating mi.gl?t be practical for you. If it is, solar can provide a surprising amount of energy right here in Western Washington. 3. Get a no-interest loan for home weatherization. If you decide to make cost-effective improvements to your electrically heated house, we can loan you the money. You'll pay no interest. And you can defer any payments for up to 10 years. No kidding. 4. Get a cash grant for home weatheon. If, instead of, _ti" .r, out one of our loans, you re willing to pay cash for cost-effective weatherization, we can pay up to 70% of the cost. You simply pay for the rest. Try and beat this offer, anywhere. 5. 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They're effective and siml! e to install. 9, Get free electric outl gaskets. Another simple way of saving energy is to install foam-rubber gaskets in your home's wall electric outlets. You'd be amazed at how much cold r can seep in without "ghskets are free to electric heat customers. 10. Get free do-it-yourself informaon. If you'd like some other gb0d information about ) caulkihg, weatherstripping, inst dating, and other ways to save energy around your house, we can give you any number of ow-to" brochures. They, too, are free. We'd be glad to tell ou more about any of these  ways to save money on your electric bill. Just stop by any Puget Power office and ask. We supply elect#t)'. But we sell conser- vation. Bec.ause that's one way we can help you offset today's higher energy costs. I00LFgLrrPOM/'ER David Simmons, owner of David's Precision Hair Design, gives Larry Amkraut a free hair cut. Brenda Sweet, who across the county with Amkraut holds Loftus, the dog who accompanied them. Here come tl00e tax forms More than 1.5 million Washington taxpayers will receive their federal income tax packages within the next two weeks. Based on which form they filed last year, taxpayers will receive either the Form 1040 or Form 1040EZ and 1040A package. This year, the 1040EZ, containing only 11 lines to complete, has been added to the Form 1040A package. The 1040EZ is de- signed for single taxpayers who have no dependents, whose taxable income is less than $50,000, earned from wages, salaries and tips and no more than $400 in in- terest. The 1040A form may be used by any taxpayer with a taxable income less than $50,000 of wages, tips, unemployment compen- sation, interest and div- idends. The Form 1040 is for those taxpayers who itemize deduc- tions or claim such tax credits as child care, energy, political contributions and investment credit. 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