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Lindsay Malone "Marmot" Gabriel Deal "Roo"
City: Seattle
State: Washington
Country: United States
Begins: May 2, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sun, Apr 24th, 2011

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Shifting units of time

After 20-some years of day dreaming and about a year of planning and preparations it's hard to believe in a few days Gabriel and I will begin hiking the Pacific Crest Trail! We fly from Seattle to San Diego on 5/1 and begin walking on 5/2. It was a bit surreal when I was looking at our tickets and realized the flight is a mere 2.75 hours to cover the ~1,100 mile distance (as the crow flies); while it'll take us ~5 months to walk the 2,600+ miles between Campo, CA and Manning PP, BC (as the PCT ambles).

Thinking about the orders of magnitdue for these units of time: life goal going on to the list (years), the planning for our 2011 hike (months), and the journey itself is much to comprehend; especially as the significant units of time mentally begin to shift. A few weeks ago, I was executing tasks in 15-minute billable increments on weekdays and driving the 50 miles to Snoqualmie Pass in one hour at least one day per weekend. Soon, we'll be experiencing time on yet unknown to us (well, at least me) units that are more likely based on hours of light in a day, comfortable hiking tempertures or the rituals of the trail life (filtering water, snack fests, trail towns). A journey of 50 miles will be a 2-4 day hike, not an hour's drive and the concepts of weekdays and weekends will cease to hold as much significance. May the days, weeks and months ahead be an enriching experience to elaborate on these rambling to be developed thougths.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2011

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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