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Brian Wilson, Jenny Eckel - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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Brian and Jenny "Photon and Nargles" Wilson
City: Flagstaff
State: Arizona
Country: U.S.A
Begins: Apr 25, 2008
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Oct 23rd, 2008
Trip Distance: 20.0

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We have both been home for a little while now and are starting to digest some of what we have experienced.And as any thru-hiker will tell you,even though it makes lots of sense in our minds-its very difficult to put into words.How can you compress feelings and emotions into script and portray it properly without downsizing it or doing injustice to the experience? I aint got no idea.But I will try anyway, or you wont have a clue as to how incredible it truely was. Ever had the feeling of fullfilment inside, and being crippled on the outside? People telling you that you seem to glow from within and yet you have just as many questions unanswerd as you did at the beginning?Thinking after 2600 miles of hiking you CAN do anything you want in life, but really dont because you havent done them yet- and nothing Ive done in life was remotily close to doing this.All that you found important in life before now seems trivial?How physically demanding is really can be and those times seem to fade into happy memories? Well- blah blah blah...... See? Crazy how much something like this can be so confusing.Yet, Im not so sure I even care to ponder this anymore.Just enjoy the memories and smile at the photos. 2600 miles and we all had similar experiences and came away with different perspectives. Thank goodness for beer. So after losing 30 pounds myself Ive gained only 7 back and despite our aching knees have managed to hike most days back hime. Funny too- our biggest day was about 30 miles and no big deal. Yet, 2 days ago we hiked just 15 with only day packs and were sore as hell.What a wreck. Now its back into the wonderful world of jobs,bills,stress,and hopefully putting all this wisdom into our daily lives. ONE THING FOR SURE, IF YOU EVEN REMOTELY ARE THINKING OF DOING THIS HIKE,I RECOMMEND BUYING THE BOOKS-SEEKING THE KNOWLEDGE OF OTHER HIKERS,GO LITE AND GIVE INTO THE TRAIL. THE TRAIL PROVIDES. Ask a thru-hiker and they will tell you what that really means.So I went to a job fair yesterday.Got there 20 minutes early and found a line 100 yards long.I was surprised to see how long it was and how many folks were unemployed.I get it for me, I resigned for the hike.But all those others?" Being out of the loop" for so long I didnt know how bad our economy was.After exiting (70 min. later) the line was still just as long.I couldnt help but feel sorry for people. Especially for the 2 kids with both mommy and daddy looking for jobs.The stress they have that the children will never know.We are fortunate enough to have Jennys parents to stay with for a while. Perhaps our next PRES. can lead the way to a better economy and/or job market.

So once again after my blabbering on, were getting jobs.Sifting through our fire burned rubble storage unit and still hiking. Still in good spirits and wondering what our next adventure will be? Any suggestions?

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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