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When I was a freshman in high school I read a book about a guy who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. I was
fascinated with his journey which led me on a literary adventure. I read as much as I could about the
Crest Trail (PCT), Appalachian Trail, walking across America, John Muir, ect. I thought to myself that one
day I was going to do something like this. Since then I have backpacked small sections of trail over the
years but have never really been out for more than a few nights at a time...barely scrathching the
surface of what these people accomplished in the books I so fervently read.
Now I am 51 yo. For years now, as I lay in bed at night, I have been "faux planning" my adventures,
strategizing routes, thinking about gear, looking at maps and watching YouTube videos of people going
on adventures of a lifetime. One night I ran across a video channel on YouTube called Homemade Wanderlust.
The channel documents a lady who had put her normal life on hold to chase the dream of
becoming a through hiker. I watched her videos almost exclusivly for weeks. I thought back to my early
teens and remembered the excitement I had to take on such a challenge and it was at this point that I decided
that I, too, was going to attempt to fulfill a lifelong dream. I planned out my finances and decided that I could
pull it off...It was going to take a huge chunk of money to accomplish something like through hiking the PCT as
I have a mortgage, car payments, family, insurance, ect that I am still responsible for, not to mention costs
associated with being on trail and resupply.. I spoke to my wife about it and she said go for it. My boss agreed
to grant me a leave of absence from work. Now it was up to me...do i really want to do this? YES, yes I do.
2021 is going to be the year I attempt to fulfill this dream.
Tom's 2021 PTC Journal
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