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Pacific Crest Trail Map
"Two moves equal one fire," is what a client told me years ago. After moving all of my belongings into a storage unit over the last week and a half, I've started wondering if a fire might not be the solution. They say, first we own things, then things own us. I have way too much stuff. It all fits in a 10' X 15' storage unit, but still, it looks mostly like a sea of useless stuff to me. A week later than I originally planned, I'm shaking loose from the bondage of all those possessions. With a lot of help from my friends, (thank you friends), I'm finally square with the government, businesses, landlords, friends, and family. And, if I'm not, they'll have to come find me...I'm hiking the PCT starting TOMORROW!
For those of you who don't know, the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, is a 2,650 mile National Scenic Trail that extends from the Mexican border to Canada following the highest points of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range through California, Oregon and Washington. Proposed by Clinton C. Clarke in 1932, it was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968 and "officially" completed in 1993. Along the way, the trail passes through twenty-five national forests and seven national parks.
On a hot summer day in 1979, on a 50-Miler hike in Desolation Wilderness as a Boy Scout, it had been a very hard day for me. The heat, enormous pack weight, trail dust, agony in my muscles, and pressure to keep up, had gotten the better of my little 14 year old body and mind. I melted down crying. I slowed down, which helped. I stopped and took off my pack, which helped even more. I ate something, which really helped a lot. Once my body had some fuel, I was able to continue.
A couple hours later, a long-legged, lanky, looking fellow came almost flying down the trail. He told us he was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and stopped and talked with us while he wolfed down two dinners and a couple cups of rice. He said he was trying to slow down to twenty miles a day so he could enjoy the scenery. Twenty miles a day! I could barely do eight. But after hearing this early thru-hiker talk about hiking the PCT, I got it in my head that I wanted to do it too someday. In a single day I'd gone from a crying little boy overwhelmed by the rigors of the trail and embarassed at breaking down in front of the other boys to grandiose dreams of thru-hiking the PCT.
Someday has become some day, namely tomorrow. I'm off to hike the PCT.
- "Clark Kent"
Do it. Do it right. Do it now. Don't wait!