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KLubs - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2018

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Karen "" Lubcke
City: Las Vegas
State: NV
Country: US
Begins: Mar 25, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Dec 10th, 2017
Start: Las Vegas, NV
End: Las Vegas, NV

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Here goes nothing! 105 Days to go

Disclaimer: Its been a long time since I have journaled. There will be plenty of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors not to mention the run-on sentences with improper punctuation. Thankfully most of us haven't seen the inside of an English class in years.

This is about so much more though. And think what you like, but I am not crazy.

This is the first of what I hope to be an exciting chapter in my life. In 105 days I will head to Campo, California to begin the Pacific Crest Trail. Its been a dream of mine for years. I first heard of the PCT during one of the many fishing vacations in Oregon. I was enamored by the thought of a hiking trail that spread the length of the Western United States. When the movie came "Wild" came out, I couldn't get my hands on the book fast enough. Much less, I had never read a novel that quick. It was a turn "page turner" in my world. It fueled my passion and honestly made the dream feel like it could become something more of reality.

I can't say enough that without the support of my friends and family, this would not be possible. I'm renting out my home, leaving comforts, taking time off from work, all to live in a tent with nothing more than what I can carry on my back. This has and will not come at a cheap price. There are thoughts of fear and contradicting thoughts of excitement. The biggest thing that compells me is the challenge. The challenge to do something that most people would never think to do. The challenge to be vulnerable and open to discover myself in ways that I cannot even begin to imagine right now. This is a game changer.

2017 has been one of the toughest years of my life. Most of you know that my sweet Mom went into the hospital on March 25th and passed away on April 6th. I have struggled with her loss in ways I had never felt. My sadness is still deep to this day as anyone would understand who has lost someone so close. When I was younger and would cry about something, my mom would always tell me "I'm gonna let you cry 5 more tears but I dont want to see my baby sad anymore" and as she would wiped those tears from my face she would count them and I would try my hardest to quit crying. Most times she would make me laugh somehow and then I was crying and laughing at the same time. Moral of the story: she wanted nothing more in life than to see me happy.

Hiking makes me happy. As I find the date to be symbolic, my permit to begin the PCT wil begin on March 25th, 2018. I hope you can enjoy the trail with me here.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2018

Memories ahead, miles behind -- KL


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