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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: Thu, Aug 18th, 2011
Start: Callahan's, mile 1727
End: 1743.5
Daily Distance: 19
Trip Distance: 1,747.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,446
Journal Visits: 387,745
Guestbook Views: 167,248
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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Heavily Invested in the PCT

When I graduated from college I got my first real job as an engineer with a big aerospace company. I was working on the Minuteman III missile systems.

As a salaried employee, I was expected to work 6 days a week without extra pay. Well, one upcoming weekend, some friends were planning a trip down to Mexico. I wanted to go. I asked my supervisor for two days off. He said "No, we have to finish our project first". After the project was completed, he added, I could take some time off.

I went home and thought hard about my options. The following day I went to my supervisor's office and resigned. I remember that day well. Along with my resignation I also added "And, oh, by the way, I'm taking next Friday and Saturday off".

My supervisor was stunned. He said take all the time off I wanted but there was no need to resign.

I had made up my mind. I was over it. I had only invested a year and a half in this company and it was not a difficult decision. But what if I had worked there for 10 years or 15 years? Well, it would have been much harder to walk away.

Let's now take this investment idea and apply it to the PCT. You've hiked almost the entire trail. You are one mile from Manning Park but, you are so "over it". Will you walk that last mile? I suspect you will. But, what if you are 100, 500 or 1000 miles away? Where is that distance at which you are willing to walk away? What is that distance where you will feel okay about giving up everything you have invested in this endeavor?

I sit here at Callahan's Lodge,near Ashland pondering this question. I have hiked 1,727 miles so far. I reckon there's about 900 and some yet to go. I'm enjoying every day (but not especially every night! )

Not only have I invested a lot but if you make the analogy to a company, I have many "stockholders". These are the people who invested their time, energy, and money to help insure my success. There was every ice chest on the trail with fresh fruit or soda. There are those who have come out of cyberspace to help. Mary Pat and Overdrive, who drove us many miles to our trail destinations. There were the many people who stopped to pick us up hitchhiking. There are the uber-angels, The Saufleys, the Anderson's, Tom at Kennedy Meadows, The Prices of Sierra City, and more. Places like Callahan's, Big Bear Hostel, Ashland Hostel, Drakesbad. The list is huge - it would take a long time to give everyone credit. But, know, we PCT hikers have many "stockholders" and they want to do whatever they can to ensure our success .

Then there is this journal. Initially I was writing it to preserve my memories . Then, I started adding resource links for others that may be interested in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Now, it seems there are a lot of people out there who enjoy following our journey, and each and every one of you is a "stockholder".

Barb is home - I miss her so much, yet I still see this as our journey. Her name is next to mine in every register. Barb is with me in spirit every step of the way. Without this, I would not go on.

I travel solo now. I like it that way. But I also know I am not alone. You're all with me and you will be with me when I touch the monuments at Manning Park. Onward to Canada!

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