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Hayduke - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Kevin "Bushwhacker" Cook
Begins: Apr 24, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Wed, Jan 12th, 2011
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Entry Visits: 429
Journal Visits: 22,341
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About my journal

If anyone reading this is undecided about where to host their journal, this the place! Not only dies postholer provide the best functionality, Scott is awesome too! Thanks again Scott. :)

He informed me that all journal entries submitted via email are posted as "during". Well that question is answered.

Now that I've bored everyone... Why am I keeping a journal of my hike? Several reasons. The initial motivation is so family and friends can follow along with me. I'm also hoping it might be useful for others planning a thru hike of the PCT. I've been thinking about this hike for more than a decade. I still have tons of questions myself! The planning and logistics involved in a thru hike are mind boggling. I felt I had a sense of what was involved before, but now that I'm doing it, it's much more work then I imagined. This shouldn't scare away anyone contemplating this though! I'm sure it will be worth it. I think it is one of those ying and yang balance things. The hectic last weeks leading up to a thru hike provide a contrast to the time on the trail. Once I hit the trail, things will be simple. When the Sun rises, I get up and walk towards Canada. When it gets close to the horizon, I look for a place to hang the hammock, and go to sleep. I can't wait to be in sync with the rhythms of nature.

OK, I just realized I was going to talk about why I'm keeping a journal, but got a little sidetracked. ;)

So I want my family and friends to be able track my progress. I hope this journal will be helpful to future hikers. I think the biggest benefit will be to me. In 1995, I spent 10 weeks hiking the Yosemite backcountry. It was the closest thing to a religious experience this atheist has ever experienced. Every day since, I've lost a little bit more of what I learned from that trip. I think this journal will help me relive this amazing journey I'm about to embark on. :)

I've noticed a lot of people are visiting my journal. I'm flattered and surprised. I haven't even started telling people about it! I hope it gets more interesting once I hit the trail. For the next 98 days it will be a bunch of rambling thoughts, but if you stick with me, I promise it will get better. ;)

Ttyt (talk to you tomorrow for those that were unsure)

Misspellings and typos brought to you by iPhone.

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A Short Walk Of 2665 Miles.

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