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Date: Wed, Mar 20th, 2013
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Being a life long hiker and outdoors person, I couldn't help but be facinated when I first learned years ago about the Pacific Crest Trail. This 2,650 mile trail runs from the Mexico/California border all the way to Canada through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Much of it is in wilderness areas, national parks, forests and mountains. I've hiked some of the trail in northern California, including a 100 mile stretch solo about 15 years ago. My jobs kept me from doing anything longer, but I never totally gave up on the idea of hiking the whole trail. After I retired last year, I began to give it some more thought. Yes, I'm older, but still in good health and decent shape. It's one of those things that I know I'll regret if I don't at least give it a try. I know I can show up at the border and start hiking north. A thru hike (the whole trail in one season) is my goal, but I'll see what develops and how my body holds up.
I've been seriously planning and training for about 9 months and am as ready as I can be to hit the trail. The anticipation is a bit like the feelings one has while waiting for a first baby to be born: so much excitement, but with undertones of anxiety, self-doubt, fear. A big, messy ball of emotions! One day I know "I've got this" and the next day I wonder if I'm delusional.
This blog/trail journal was a last minute decision. I've never published a blog before, am tech challenged and don't know how often I will have the time or energy to update it, but would like to share my adventure and some photos with family and friends as much as possible. Please don't expect a literary masterpiece. I'll be mostly using my smartphone to make entries and that could be challenging for me. Entries along the way will most likely be short-just the facts. I might use it at times for trail notes for my own use at a later date. Please enjoy what is interesting to you and ignore the rest, especially the goofs I make from the tiny smartphone keypad.
My family and friends have been "over the top" helpful and supportive. Thanks to all of you who have helped me make this dream become a reality. I also want to thank the numerous thru-hikers I met here and there last summer. Every single one encouraged me to go for it, most saying it was the best thing they had ever done. They were the ones that tipped the scale for me.
My 2013 Hike On The PCT
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