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

Its Burnin Up, We on Fyyyaaah

Day 18, Mile 312.3 - Last night i had the best sleep on trail so far. Today was alright, but it was hot. I woke up and didn't feel a chill in the air at all and i knew it was going to be a little warm. Set off this morning by myself but was quickly caught by Gina and Craig and we leap frogged all day. The trail followed a creek all day which was nice except the creek was down below and the trail was anywhere from 20 to 300 ft up on the canyon wall. So i basically thought about jumping to my death all day just to get in that cool clear water. Managed to pull the mouthpiece off my water bladder hose and lose it today. Thought it was gone for good until we finally stopped for the day and there it was on the ground next to my pack, definitely got lucky. Made it to my camping spot about 540ish and after drinking a liter and a half of water i went for a dip in the creek in a deep spot. Probably one of the most rewarding things on the trip so far, it felt amazing. As i write this at 848pm it is still to! o hot to have my thermals on or be inside the sleeping bag, better then freezing though. As i hiked today besides fantasizing about cold Gatorade and an ice-bath, i thought about a welcome back to civilization party upon my return. I decided i want a Chinese food buffet, some real cool dogs just hanging around, and at least one representative of every ethnicity in Long Beach present. Oh and family and friends too of course. I am trying to decide why it is all white people out here on a daily basis. There are 3 guys from somewhere in South America i believe, they call themselves the "three amigos" and often hike with the "germanator" (he is German...get it) but that's it. So what's the deal, where are all the non-white folks? I've noticed that when i say things to fellow thru-hikers like "Jeez there is just nothing but white people out here, i am tired of just seeing white folks" they get a little un-easy and awkward, so I'm trying to cut back on that. Met a bunch of new white people today though, it looks like i am catching up to the pack. I am not sure whether that is good or bad yet, soon to find out. Well i have continued to write just waiting for it to get cooler but i am not having any luck, so i give up. Thought of the day; what is the correct usage of the word ubiquitous, is it like ambiguous, are they synonyms?

JWC on the PCT


ark said...

Hey Jesse...Assuming you were serious. Ubiquitous...constantly encountered...existing or being everywhere at the same time...widespread. Ambiguous...doubtful or uncertain...inexplicable...capable of being understood in two or more possible ways...obscure.. I loved your comments about "white folks." It's why I am going to a very multi-ethnic church. All white faces in any gathering seems wrong to me as well. Love.....Andrea

Anonymous said...

PCT: Kind of a white folks thing, ya' know? ... but it's ok; us white folks ain't ALL bad! :)

Rhymes With Lasagna said...

Us Browns don't like crossing deserts or traversing extreme conditions for fun - that's how we got here in the first place.

I'm kidding. I just realized everyone who reads this will assume I am a racist -- which I TOTALLY am.