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Kathleen
State: New Jersey
Country: Here
Begins: Apr 25, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 15th, 2008
Start: Idyllwild, CA
End: Big Bear City, CA
Daily Distance: 13.6
Trip Distance: 13.6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 246
Journal Visits: 745
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Guestbook Entrys: 9

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Flying

I experience the trail in many ways. Sometimes I actively look at my surroundings, sometimes I am very passive, sometimes I am living very much in my body, sometimes it feels I am without body...For those of you who know, lately I've been walking only in wide-angel vision, which has totally changed the way I engage with the trail.

Two days ago my body all but shut down. I felt no pain (first time all trip!), yet could hardly move. Eventually I stopped at an overlook and took a two hour nap. Upon waking my body was still exhausted. Patiently I started hiking at that same very slow pace. After another mile I started to wonder if I could simply will my body to hike faster. I finally compared my situation to a cross-country race.

At the begining of a race I am physically attuned to the state of my body, I can feel pain, exhaustion, the tingeling of my tongue, sweat dripping everywhere. Feeling these things doesn't stop me from moving as fast as I can. Towards the end of a race, when my body is most tired, I cannot afford to be physically aware of these things. If I remain attached to these physical sensations I cannot run. Instead I choose to release myself and allow my body to fly. I am no longer attached to physical sensations and feel nothing but wind.

That's exactly the choice I made on trail. I hiked the rest of my day in a meditative state, just flying down the trail.

In other news, I summited San Jancinto Peak. The trail was partly covered in snow, but it was managable. I first summited the peak by myself and turned around to head back to the PCT. I knew I hadn't quite gotten to the top, but I was very pleased with where I had been. I didn't feel any need to 'conquer' the top of the peak. But, on my way down I met up with someother hikers and realized that I did not come as close to the peak as I thought. So, I turned around and hiked up with them. Three hours later and we made it! Beautiful old stone hut at the top...we slept there that night--very cold! Panoramic view from the top--mind boggeling. Very glad I made the real summit. Did some major bushwacking coming down from the peak the next day--we totally lost in the trail in the snow! But, the 5 of us all worked together...

Love, Kathleen

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2008

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: www.pcta.org

 

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