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City: Seattle
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 14, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Mar 23rd, 2018
Start: Home
End: Home
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,712
Journal Visits: 6,870
Guestbook Views: 61
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Yup. I'm hiking the trail again. I did it in 2015 and had a good time. Sure, if you had asked me a few weeks after I finished if I would do it again, I said "no". But, the memory of the pain has faded a bit and the images of places along the trail keep popping into my mind when I'm not concentrating on other things. So, I'm going again. I expect aspects of the hike to be much easier this time. I know what to expect. I know what many of the trail towns (or stops) are like. I have very high confidence in my gear plan. I have adjusted my resupply plan to give me more flexibility (hybrid plan). I'm also in better physical shape then when I started the last time. I'll do a few posts to talk in a bit more detail about my preparation and approach over the next 3 or so weeks.

On 4/11, I'll be getting on the Amtrak and heading for a day/night/day from Seattle to LA. I'll spend a night in LA, mail my bounce box from the post office and go to the store there before hopping on the Amtrak from LA to San Diego. In San Diego, I'm signed up to be picked up by trail angels there (Scout and Frodo). They will take me and many other hikers to their house, feed us dinner, let us sleep in their yard, feed us breakfast very early, then drive us out to the monument at the Mexican border to start on 4/14.

I have decided to spend a little more effort on being social this time. The last time, I was more into the quiet and solitude with the exception of a few good friends that I made along the way. But, I was mostly by myself. I probably won't hike with others very much as I like to go my own pace. But, I'll make more effort to meet and talk to people at breaks, in town, when I pass them along the trail, etc.

This time I will not be journaling as much as I did the last time. On my last hike, I created a journal entry for every single day, which was exhausting (and took up a LOT of town time). This time, I'll just put in an entry when I'm in town with high points from the last few days. If you want to read a very detailed description of a PCT thru-hike, check out the book that I wrote about my 2015 hike. It is called "A Temporary Change of Address" and can be found on the Amazon Kindle Store ( It has all kinds of handy info as well as a daily account of my hike with maps and pictures.

I'm super excited! Now I have to get back to my preparation which includes both preparing to be on the trail as well as preparing everything at home to run as smoothly as possible while I'm gone.

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Again? Cause It's Fun!

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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