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Emilyandaja - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Half Step and Ramblin' Rose
City: Palo Alto
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Feb 17th, 2011

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Welcome to our Pacific Crest Trail journal! This journal will be jointly written by Emily (mother) (no tail name yet – more on that later) and Aja (daughter) heretofore known as Ramblin’ Rose.

Many of the preparations are done .. and it is time to start the journal.

I have dreamed of hiking the PCT for over a decade. I have read journals, gathered gear, and dreamed of this journey for so long – and now it is a reality .. we leave in mid-April.

I always said that when the last kid is out of the house, I will hike the PCT. Now, the last kid is out of the house .. and this is the year!

When I told my daughter, Ramblin’ Rose, who, by the way has been listening to me go on about the PCT for years, that this is it, this is the year – she asked if she could go too. I asked her if she was sure, if she wanted to put up with the cold, pain, blisters, exhaustion, hunger (and me!) … beauty, nature, camaraderie and adventure, yes, she was sure. Yea! I am thrilled we are doing this together. Excitement bumped up times 100!

This isn’t our first hiking adventure together. We did a lot of camping as a family when she was younger, and four years ago, when she was 17, we walked across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. For me, the Camino was a great trip, had its own merits, but in the back of my mind was a test to see if I liked long distance walking – for the PCT.

I always thought I would do the trail with my husband, but he is in his second career as a high school math teacher and can’t exactly leave the classroom. I will miss him, but hopefully, he and our son will meet us on the way.

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All Journeys Have Secret Destinations Of Which The Traveler Is Unaware

It's all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure - they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come.
- Edward Abbey


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