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The Whisper of the Wild.
Quiet whisper....."Come out, come out and feel the breeze, come out and see the stream, come out and see the....."
It is no longer a call. In my society and my time we often get further and further from experiencing nature and appreciating nature on a daily basis. Long periods of time go by without that "connected" feeling I had with the natural world and the universe when I was a child growing up in California and vacationing in the Sierras. Contrary to the Native American "Not Man Apart" thoughts, we drift. The call of the wild has become a whisper, a whisper that is so much harder to hear. "Come out, come out and smell the pines, see the moon...."
I love my time and culture with its conveniences, but the connectedness we lose to; mortgages, jobs, traffic, accounts, passwords and the modern trappings of our time and society evaporates quietly. Jack London's call has become today's whisper. A whisper I was fortunate enough to hear again a few years ago. Since then, I have been thinking and planning for the PCT like a man possessed. I am so grateful for the support and understanding of my family while I attempt this journey. My life is wonderful and I look forward to this little adventure.
Adventure Time is here!
This will be my journal for my 2014 attempt of the Pacific Crest Trail. My trail name is Adventure Time!
Sometime in my early teens I heard of the Pacific Crest Trail. It was the early 80's and I remember thinking that it would take years to hike from Mexico to Canada. I was hooked, and it became a dream of mine. I bought a book about the trail and thought about it often and dreamed about what the experience would hold for me. Time has a way of slipping away from us when we are doing this thing called life. Years later, the whisper of the wild caught my ear "Come out and walk in nature" and the dream was remembered and reignited. My PCT hike for 2014 was born.
I will be attempting to walk the Pacific Crest Trail.
These are a few of the common questions or comments I get when I explain that I am attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
Top 10: In order of occurrence:
1. Youre doing what? Come again!!?? No,.seriously?
2. Q: How far is that?
A: The trail runs from Mexico to Canada. Its a long way. Its over 2650 miles. In order to finish, one typically must leave late enough in the season to arrive in the Sierras after the snow melt, but early enough to arrive in Canada before winter snows get too serious. I plan to start at the Mexican border on May 3rd and hope to arrive at the Canadian border sometime in late September. I may be able to complete the whole thing or I may only get a ways before falling off a cliff or eaten by a bear(see #11 below).
3. Q: Youre going alone? Why?
A: Why? Are you in? Im leaving May 3rd, 2014. Do you know anyone else with the time, money, desire, life situation, and gear who dreams of doing the PCT? They are welcome to join me! But in actuality several hundred people will be attempting the PCT this year and I will be bumping into them periodically. Occasionally I will be with other people for some stretches of trail, other times I will be alone. I am starting late in the PCT hiking season and the vast majority of hikers will be well ahead of me. I actually have several people who will hike sections with me (for example, one of my nephews will join me for the first three days on the trail).
4. Q: Have you read that book about that lady who?
A: No, I have not.
5. Q: How will you eat along the way?
A: I will forage on insects and local flora the length of the trail hoping for large game which I can dress, smoke and then carry along with me on a small litterActually, I will resupply over 25 locations along the trail where I will have already mailed supply boxes.
6. Q: Where are you going to sleep?
A: I will be staying at 5 star accommodations throughout the trail and will blissfully awake refreshed from my slumber and will place a do not disturb sign on my door as I lounge in my hotel room late into the morning watching cartoons.
I will sleep on the ground. Outside and it will probably get a bit painful as the days go by.
Occasionally I will stay in a hostel or motel when I come into town to resupply or take a day off.
7. Q: Is your family going, arent you going to miss them?
A: Yes, Im going to miss my family terribly! I will be contacting them with the magic of audio transmission and video transmission as much as possible, and will be seeing them for several small vacations along the trail. They are ever so supportive of this crazy dream of mine and are my resupply and logistics team at home. Love my family!, and thank you so much! Daddys gonna put in that pool next year!
8. Wow, I bet you are going to see some beautiful beaches!
Actually, I will be seeing no ocean beaches, sadly. This is called the Pacific Crest Trail and it runs along the mountain crest through California, Oregon and Washington. I will usually be several hundred miles from the ocean.
9. Q: Did it take a lot of planning?
A: Yes. I have been preparing for this trip for two years. I have been walking and going on day hikes like crazy, buying gear, planning resupply points, creating an itinerary, buying lot and lots o food, and packaging meals into shipping boxes for resupply, Not to mention earning enough to prepay my home mortgage and bills for the time Im gone.
10. Q: Youre walking the whole way?
A: Yes, thats the plan. I did not grow up with a dream to drive to Canada.
11. Q: Arent you afraid of bears?
I am so excited!! I leave for San Diego in less than 24 hours and will be staying with incredible trail angels Scout and Frodo. The next morning I start my adventure northward.
Thanks for following along, and I hope my entries can inspire, entertain and inform. I hope to do a YouTube entry often. My YouTube channel is: Adventure Time!
Listen carefully for your whisper....what does it say to you?
See you on the trail!
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