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Oliviapmiller - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2016

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Olivia Miller
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 19, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016
Start: Wilsonville, Oregon
End: Wilsonville Oregon
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
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The Why

It's easy to stay in comfort. It's simple to live in a comfortable apartment, go to work, and discuss lunch as if it matters if I eat from the cafe downstairs or from the food cart across the street. I've never been able to stay for long in a comfortable status. I'm constantly on the hunt for a challenge and adventure. My life is a string of interconnected adventures. My experiences are experiments in living a life that I can understand. My stories are pearls of a life I've made myself out of opportunities I believe are valuable and interesting. My biggest adventure is becoming a parent. I'm 10 years into this biggest project. My son is 9 years old, and he is constantly challenging me to provide him with real adventures. I wanted to thru hike before my son was born. In fact I made a giant list of interesting adventures, and the one that was time limited was my desire to experience pregnancy and parenting. I assumed that I would take on a thru hike as my son hit his teen years, but life circumstances thrust me headlong into serious planning in October 2015.
1. My son needs real challenges and the opportunity to test his mental toughness. He needs to learn endurance, and how to make smart choices by listening to his body and awareness of his surroundings. During our hike he will continue to learn creative problem solving as well as how to function with me as a team. He will watch me have good days, and he will watch me feel exhausted and frustrated.
2. It's hard to appreciate the scope of the entitlement my son received as function of his birth in the United States. I hope to give him an appreciation and motivation to protect our shared natural resources.
3. Learning to be both self sufficient and to recognize just how dependent we are on each other to live together and help each other. When we are out backpacking we live without many of the luxuries we commonly access in our urban life. We will be interested in clean water rather than being concerned with hot water. We are forced to think creatively about how to provide for basic needs like food, shelter, sleep, and sanitation. At the same time there is no reasonable way that we could attempt this expedition without the support of many people at home as well as people we will meet along the way.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2016

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:


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