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Scarecrow - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Jesse "Scarecrow" Porter
City: Oakland
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 25, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jan 8th, 2009
Start: my house
End: Lake Temescal
Daily Distance: 3
Trip Distance: 3.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 848
Journal Visits: 848
Guestbook Views: 164
Guestbook Entrys: 1

Journal Plan

Pacific Crest Trail Map

Solo Hiking for sure

I guess the first entry has to be insights into my character and personality so people better understand where I'm coming from. I'll tell you but you have to understand that by most measures my life has always been a little different. I grew up in the loving care of my mother in the same house for 18 years in Twentynine Palms California. If you've never heard of Deuce Nine it's because it gets lost in between Joshua Tree National Park, Amboy Palm Springs... and one of the worlds largest military bases. How did i get there? Well my Mom who was born in Erie PA moved west in search of freedom and adventure and landed in a Gold Mine. Not too much Gold but priceless stories. I was BORN with adventure in my blood and left my dusty desert home to attend the University of California where i received a B.A. in Political Science. I got involved in the artisan Gelato Business and became a professionally trained manufacturer. Dreaming of opening my own organic micro-creamery one day I left in search of more challenging and lucrative endeavours. In 2004 Cancer claimed the life of my closest alli in life, my Mom. For some time I felt angry... frustrated... and righteous. I found myself searching for an opportunity to help sick people. The Medical Marijuana Dispensary near my home had an opening so i jumped into the role of cannabis activist. I worked my way up and despite being medicated for the majority of my two year employment I remember tons of stories. Tons! I played a pivitol role in establishing Oaksterdam University and teaching classes about a variety of the medical aspects of cannabis. I took a folklore class with an amazing man in college who redefined the genre of cultural anthropology, Alan Dundes. He valued traditions, cultural heritage and historical occurrences for shaping our lives. I realized that the folklore I had collected for years had a real application. Deep understanding of heirloom varietals, current usage facts, and a deep rooted cultural understanding of cannabis really paid off. See me on the trail i'll drop the knowlwedge.

Back to why I'm hiking. I realized that all the Romulan, O.G. Kush or Bubble Hash in the world would not fill the void left by my Mothers absence. So I left the job that to most of my patients was "the greatest job in the world". I left the ridiculous money and drugs behind not because it was easy but because I listened to myself and followed my heart. So here I am gear in hand ready to hike at the blink of an eye. I'll be training and camping anf passing on the information about the beauty around all of us. It's not that i think hiking from Campo to Manning Park will fill a void but maybe the physical pain of hiking day after day can open lines of communication with myself. If that sounds confusing it probably should... I am the one going for a hike.

So there you have it some pieces of the Scarecrow puzzle. I'll do my best to keep you up to date about my escapades.

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More Lucky Than Prepared

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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