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PhillySteve - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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Philly Steve
City: Philadelphia
State: PA
Country: USA!
Begins: Apr 20, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Mar 5th, 2016
Start: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 569
Journal Visits: 5,139
Guestbook Views: 19
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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The Hiker Manifesto

On a cold, dreary day in February I came to the conclusion that living with the fear of the unknown was a better option than continuing to live a life of convenience. One where I put in long hours, but at the end of the day felt little to no sense of accomplishment or growth. Employment is easy. Bosses tell you where and when to show up. What job to complete and how to do it. Most of the time your expectations are clearly defined. Very rarely are they difficult to meet and challenges are few and far between. As long as you keep the coffers full and the customers content, very little happens.

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler;

solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

-Henry David Thoreau

Rinse, wash, repeat. I am not here to rally against the modern world of consumerism that drives so many of our busy lives. This is my platform to explain the thought process leading me to make such drastic change in my life. Because I am positive the people in my life will read this journal at some point and probably question my motives.

Do you think it is in your best interest to leave a good job? How will you support yourself? What are your plans after the PCT?

My usual answer..."I have no clue".

This experience feels like deja vu. In 2012 at the prime age of 23, I began a trek from Georgia to Maine with little to no backpacking experience. At 27, thru hiking the Appalachian Trail remains my greatest sense of pride and accomplishment. It was a no-brainer. I was fresh out of college with no job, money, or long term relationships. Friends from school were moving to New York City, Boston and San Diego to take jobs in finance or marketing. All of it made me nauseous. At that point in my life I had done only what was expected of me. And while I had a degree in hand, I was no closer to understanding my future. I needed time to live, experience and find myself.

Nature is a funny thing. She can often make you feel very small and inconsequential. But over many miles, somewhere in between, the pain, sweat, and blisters, she can build you up and reveal character. I believe the ability to not only achieve great things in life, but the knowledge and skill to be able to fully implement it, can be found when you are most alone and exposed. More than anything, I am starving for adventure and the unknown.

-Philly Steve

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