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Batesvillebreeze - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2015

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City: Mammoth Lakes
State: California
Country: US
Begins: Mar 20, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Mar 20th, 2015
Start: Jackson, WY
End: Jackson, WY
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,559
Journal Visits: 25,289
Guestbook Views: 958
Guestbook Entrys: 30

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Near Cispus Pass in the Goat Rocks Wilderness July 2014

Getting Psyched

Hey everyone! All equipment has been bought for the hike. I have 4 weeks left of work in Jackson, WY then home to Arkansas for a week then I'm San Diego bound.

I've already had my first trail magic even before I've hit the trail. My buddy Tim from Denver just happens to be in San Diego for a conference on my D-Day. He's offered to give me a ride to the trail and even hike a few miles with me. I told him he was going to carry my pack! We'll see if that happens. Haha. He also plans on meeting me for a small section near Crater Lake.

All my waking hours are being spent thinking about what is to come. And the really great thing is that I have NO FREAKIN' IDEA what is to come. Some people fear the unknown but I seem to cherish it. I don't know why, I'm not one to psychoanalyze. Well, myself, anyway! I love being spontaneous and throwing caution to the wind and seeing where I end up.

Hiking the PCT has been on my bucket list for several years now. Aside from work commitments my excuse for not doing it up until now has been that I don't like having to worry about making miles. I like finding a super cool place on the trail and making camp and just kicking back and taking photos. (landscape photography is my passion, along with hiking) I did that almost every weekend last summer, from April to Ocober, a couple of times on the PCT in Washington. It was my first year doing overnights, I had a non-hiking dog for 13 years. I just fell in love with waking up out in the middle of the woods, far away from the rat race of everyday life. It's a far more simple existence and I prefer it. Oh, and I'm not new to camping, I've car camped for years and years. But waking up in a campground is not even close to waking up 300 yards from a creaking and groaning glacier. It sounds cool when you tell someone about it but there's no way I can convey to them just how moving these experiences really are. I gaze at a jagged ridge line like it's some incredibly intricate sculpture. At an alpine lake like it's the most beautiful woman in the world. Every tree, every rock, every cloud has a different character, and I can't make someone feel what I feel by showing them a photograph or telling them a story (although I try). Likewise I can't read someone's trail journal and feel what they feel. I can't read a book and truly be there. What I feel is jealousy. And an intense longing to be there, to see that bear, to swim in that cold ass lake, to trudge up that mountain and feel the breeze and see the view. The purpose of this journal is not to tell you about my new, everyday life on the trail. It's purpose is to make you get out and adventure yourself. To turn you green with envy and get you off the couch. I want you guys to live your life, not mine. But it will be my pleasure to try to lure you.

Happy trails,

Michael White

PS: I'll probably do a gear list before D-Day but the next real post will be from the trail.

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