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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Day 1 Mile 20.6

Thought of the day; This shit just got real. I started this morning at the Mexico border and headed north at about 8:20, I had planned on sunrise but it worked out just fine. Did not hike very long before I came across a set of hikers, they were more surprised to see me then I was of them. I had already seen 2 more hikers being dropped off right after I was so I figured as much. Soon after that I stopped to eat and met up with a guy from Salt Lake City. We hiked together most of the day until about 330 when I swore I smelled Chinese food and realized I probably should take another snack break; so I did, and he went on ahead. I got into Lake Morena Campground around 5:00, so I made pretty good time for today. So far the feet are pretty good, everything else is pretty sore. A strap on my tent broke, but nothing critical, also my gold bond powder opened in my hygiene kit but I didn't lose it all. Dinner was good. Everything else is working like it should. Definitely beautiful country out here and it was like that right off the bat. Wrote in the PCT register this morning at the border "Here I am. Here I go. WTF am I doing?!" Definitely feel I knew more of what I am doing already. Alright its getting dark. see ya .

JWC on the PCT

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