Some thoughts before departure...

  • I am still not a vet, doctor, lawyer, dog trainer, cia agent, fbi agent or a navy seal so...walk
  • I am doing this for the challenge of course, and I hope to gain a confidence that comes with this type of endeavor. But also I hope to gain some new knowledge about the world and the truths that reside in it.
  • Am I walking to "find myself"? Or just to take a walk. You decide...and you'll probably be right.
  • I'm not in the best shape of my life, but I do have a lot of new great gear so....
  • After living with my parents the last 2 years, it makes perfect sense to walk 2650 miles - alone.
  • Yes there will be bears, cougars, rattlesnakes and scorpions both imagined and real along the way. I'm definitely more worried about those imagined.
  • Am I scared? Not as of yet, more of just a constantly increasing anticipation. But check back with me on the 3rd night in the desert.
  • I tried to keep my pack fairly light, but I definitely would not call it ultralight. Somehow when I added up all my ultralight gear and put it in my ultralight pack, I ended up with just slightly heavy.
  • My biggest concern for this trip is that I get too hungry somewhere along the way, my brain goes awol as it usually does when I get hungry and subsequently you never hear from me again...I'll try to eat frequently.
  • I am not Christopher McCandless. This is not Into the Wild.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

El Grande Oso

Day 16, a zero... yes another one Its getting too late so I'm gonna make this quick. Spent most of the day either at camp or walking around big bear or taking public transit(always good times) getting re-supplied. Just got back from dinner with chuck which was real good, we talked camp. BBSR was bought by the county at the end of last summer. I expected upon my arrival to see the camp encased in a 8ft chain link fence with barbed wire, and everything on the inside wrapped in bubble wrap and foam; the county has deep pockets you know. It wasn't that bad at all but things are already changing around here and i would be interested to see how this summer turns out. I might come back in august if i can afford the time trail wise just to see things up and running. I am definitely going to be thinking about these guys up here and all the fun that is camp come June 11th, when I'm just leaving the Mojave desert. Saw a few different sets of hikers in town today that i recognized and who recognized me. Their staying at ! the motel 6, definitely not on the same level as my wonderful accommodations. Speaking of which i should get some sleep. 90 mile-4.5 day leg starts tomorrow ending in Wrightwood for another re-supply but no more zeroes for a while. Longest time on-trail so far for me. Thought of the day; change sometimes can sometimes feel like a necessary evil; other times its good to have the correct change. Pun-alicious, OK its not thaaat clever. seee ya

JWC on the PCT

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