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Lizzy "Laugh Track" Corliss
City: Vashon Island
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 24, 2014
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Start: Vashon Island, WA

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The Duo

In the Beginning

Entry 1 of many more to come:

Hey Hey folks!

As many of you may already know, my brother Josh and I, along with a developing crew of friends, will be hiking all 2,668.8 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) this summer. We will begin in May at the Southern Terminus in a tiny town by the name of Campo, on the California-Mexico border. Well be challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally as we face Mother Nature in epic proportions. First there will be Californias Mojave Desert and High Sierra. Then there will be Oregons PCT halfway make or break point. This will be followed by Washingtons deluges that will put even us Pacific Northwest natives to the test. Finally, as a team transformed by months of experience, well tramp the last frigid miles into Canada arriving at the PCT Northern Terminus in Manning Provincial Park at the beginning of October.

During this journey, we will be blogging, and creating a type of walkumentary video, to explain and capture our travels. This, RIGHT HERE!, will be our blog spot. Keep Up To Date on all things Big Brother, Littler Sister, and PCT related. As official blogger of our duo, mwah --Lizzy--, I am psyched to be sharing this journey with all you all.

You may be asking, Why are they doing this? To answer that question, Id like to tell you all a bit about what we've most recently been up to. My brother graduated from Western Washington University last Spring (2013). He completed a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. He was inspired by work he got to do within a team of creative minds. They successfully investigated how to synthesize algae into biofuel our world may soon depend on. Oh and, of course, gaining knowledge towards his future Astronaut career fired him up as a chemist. I graduated from the University of Montana this last Fall (2013). At the ceremony this Spring (immediately preceding our departure to the PCT), Ill join my class in celebrating the achievement of a Bachelors of Science in Parks, Tourism, and Recreational Resource Management. My inspiration towards this field of study came from the intrinsic values I discovered in nature while working with the Student Conservation Association in 2010 and 2011. I want to be a part of revealing these values to my community at large, and its generations that follow. And I was inspired... to gain the knowledge base I'll need as a future National Park Service Search and Rescue Ranger. Flipping that hats tassel at graduation, surrounded by the fellow classmates I now treasure as friends, will be a rich moment.

Furthermore, Josh and I both realize this is a rare time in our lives. We are on the brink of the world, marked by a time of freedom. With this in mind, were acting upon this freedom. The PCT may be one of the last times we can take 6 months off from jobs and societal responsibilities together as young adults. We are pumped to hit the trail as crazy journeying siblings.

DISCLAIMER: Josh would most likely disagree with everything I just said in the last paragraph. Or at least the part about "The PCT may be one of the last times we can take 6 months off from...." You know him... you know what I mean: there is always time for another grand adventure. I have a lot to learn from this dude I do believe: Bring it!

As a last little note, please feel free to pass our blog on to family, friends, buddies, and the whole nine yards. We have let our plans spread, and what weve found is an incredible amount of public encouragement. I had no idea how many people dreamed of doing the PCT yet had been stymied by logistics, the pressure to immediately jump into a career postcollege, or the challenge this trail ensures. I think were also hiking the PCT to allow these people a touch with their dream: an opportunity to vicariously live through our foot prints. The more the merrier on this thing y'all.

Happy Trails,
Lil' Sis

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