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UrsulaB - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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City: Buena Park
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 14, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, May 31st, 2013
Start: Buena Park

Journal Stats
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Gearing up

Packing three weeks of meals. Another three weeks will be cobbled together in towns along the way. Feeling rather nervous, especially about the heat in Acton, where I'll begin my walk. 'Suppose nothing to be done about it.

I'm trying to prefer the word "walk" over "hike" as John Muir disliked the militaristic tone of "hike," opting for "saunter" instead. I like it, too. But "saunter" might be going too far considering the hot desert portion, Sierra elevation, the 30lbs on my back, and daily 10+ hours of, uh, walking.

And while I've been looking forward to the days of complete and utter solitude, that's also been making me a bit nervous. Hours and hours inside my head. That is how I lived the first ten or so years of my life, almost entirely in my head, or so it seemed to me, broken up with occasional play-time with friends. But as a working adult, my brain is focused on tasks, the grading of papers, fielding emails, preparing lessons, etc., I've forgotten how to just be alone with myself. Will I be able to control the monster thoughts? I'll see how that goes.

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"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
--John Muir


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