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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 5th, 2011
Trip Distance: 2,656.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 2,816
Journal Visits: 386,169
Guestbook Views: 167,219
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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Enough Said.

Final Entry

As all good things must come to pass, so does this journal. It's time to wrap it up and move on.

Jack: "I'm pretty sure this will be the last page but I still plan to insert videos on prior pages. Watch the revisions page for any changes."

Barb: Yep, a lot of new things on the plate. If Egypt wasn't so unsettled right now, I would be sewing up my flowing robe for the gallop around the pyramids. Maybe next year?"

A PCT thru hike will be one of the greatest and coolest things you can ever do in your lifetime.

Even if you don't make it all the way. Ask Barb who went 1,066 miles.

If you are so inclined, do it!

Jack: I don't know if I would call it "life-changing" but being out there, living a simple life in the woods, has made a deep impression on me. From our last overnight backpacking trip to Mt. Tom, I realized that I am much more comfortable and confident in the wilderness. Now, back home, I look over all the "stuff" we own. I remininse on the virtues of the simple life on the trail. I can see why Billy Goat lives in the forest and I can see why Scott Williamson has done the PCT 13 times.

Jack: Would I do it again? Well, it is like running a marathon. At the finish line, runners most always say, "I am never doing another marathon", then a couple of weeks later you see them thumbing through the race schedule thinking about the next one. For me, It is somewhat like that with the PCT. My feet are still hurting but slowly recovering. The hernia will need to be operated on. But, it was such an incredible adventure. Am I glad I did it? YES. Would I do it again? MAYBE. It's obvious that no two PCT hikes could ever be the same. If the idea of doing it again gets near the top of my wish list and I thought my body could handle it, I would be out there. But right now, our PCT hiking adventures will be section hiking.

Barb: "I am very pleased to be able to hike over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail this year yet, I realized that I am not suited for long thru hikes. My body can't seem to take the strain but I would still like to section hike some of those areas that Jack raves about in Oregon and Washington. Would I take on a long thru hike again? Likely not."

Class Video: ProDeal, who is in charge of the film festival at the KO, wants us to put together the class of 2011 "yearbook" video. It will be a big, big job. We will be working with tens of thousands of images submitted by this year's thru-hikers. You can download prior year videos here. (broadband highly recommended). You will need some type of software to burn the "iso" file to a DVD. I am using Power2go (ver 5.0). There are free programs out there as well that should do the job. We will be collecting images from PCT hikers soon. If you were on the trail this year, get your best shots lined up!

Appreciation: From day one at the Kickoff (party), when all the prospective 2011 thru hikers were ushered to the front of the food line, to Jack's very last day in Canada. A final thank you to all those who facilitated our hike: The angels, the small store owners who held our resupply packages, the merchants who provided hiker discounts, the people who picked us up hitching, those who put "trail magic" out in coolers along the way (especially the apples!) and all those journal readers and folks we met on the trip that offered encouragement and support.

Follow along: We maintain a website at if any readers are interested in following our journeys in the years to come (click on "trips"). Your email questions and comments are always welcome.

A final thought: Live your dreams! It may be difficult to check something off today but you can plan or train for the day in the future, when you can.

We leave you with this quote:

"The vision must be followed by the venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs."
Vance Havner

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