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Big day yesterday! Dharma and I rented a cargo van, filled it with all of our worldly possessions (less hiking gear of-course) and made our way to my parents in upstate NY. Before leaving we did a full check to make sure everything that we'll need for the hike was in our bags. Turns out I'd been using my sleeping bag stuff-sack as my clothing stuff-sack so I'll need to grab one of those before we leave. Whoops! I guess that's why we have those checklists!! The trip itself went without a hitch really, and it was one of the best visits I've had with my parents and little sister in quite a while. Highlights I won't soon forget (especially along the trail) include homemade seafood jambalaya soup and freshly baked lemon meringue pie! I'm really grateful that they are letting us store our stuff with them until we return. We were able to get the contents of the apt down to a pretty minimal amt by parting with most of the IKEA furniture we had, donating clothing and junking stuff that we could easily and inexpensively replace; a good stepping point for us toward a more minimalist type if living which is something that we anticipate working toward after we return from the trail as well.
Tonight, back at the apartment with a belly full of Lipton noodles and tuna (cooked with my cooking pot for the trail of-course) I lay along side Dharma, testing out my new sleeping pad and bag on the wooden floor. 3 more nights of this and we'll be off!
No Mud No Lotus
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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