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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Nov 13th, 2010
Start: Encinitas, CA
End: Encinitas, CA
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 15,293
Journal Visits: 384,620
Guestbook Views: 167,210
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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Kongma La, Nepal, Nov. 6, 2008, 18,150 ft.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List (see the movie if you haven’t already)

Long before the movie we had our list – things to do before we die (or are relegated to an assisted care facility). The list is long, but we have been slowly checking things off. Some of the items:

Hike the Narrows in Zion N.P., check

Climb Mt. Whitney, check

Surf the endless summer in Bali, check

Trek the Himalayans in Nepal – Annapurna and Everest regions, check

Ride a dory through the Grand Canyon, check (but it was $ $ $ )

And the list still has more than enough ideas for two lifetimes!

Barb wants to wear flowing robes and ride a dapple gray horse around the pyramids in Egypt (Jack will take pics). Note: This was checked off in 2015!

Jack wants to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. That's not really on Barb’s list but she could do it.

It was about two months ago, early in the morning when Jack said: “You know I really want to do something big, I mean really big in this lifetime. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail definitely qualifies as something big. And, hey, I’m gonna be 65 next year and if I don’t do it now, then when?”

So, Jack was onboard but was Barb?

Barb: “I'm in. But, you forgot my bucket list items of: Visit the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat - check. Oh, and it's a dapple gray Arabian horse around the pyramids.” Yep, the PCT is really big and there is a lot of planning to do. Fortunately my detail oriented spouse is willing and eager to research every detail of the trip. All I have to do is gather the right personal items and walk 2,645 miles!

Jack: “HA! I know you will be a big influence on the food selection unless you are ok with a six pack of Big Macs at the Cajon summit (mi. 342)!”

So, here we are planning a trip of a lifetime. We know that it won’t always be pretty and it won’t always be fun and we don’t even know if we have the mental strength to achieve this. BUT WE ARE GOING TO TRY!

So, sign our Guestbook (link in box above) – We will need all the encouragement we can get.

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Jack And Barb Take On The PCT

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