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.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Gone to Chimney Peaks til Sunday

Day 44, a zero---Got my box today via my mother via ups. Spent most of the day re-packaging everything and preparing food drops. My bear canister does fit in my backpack but I'm going to have to get creative in making everything else fit as well. Got in a little nap today which was nice; I fell asleep in the hammock outside the cyber cafe. We packed up all our stuff and headed back down to chimney peaks campground with all our boxes and bags etc courtesy of Chuck Norris and his van. We arrived around 630ish. Got a much better campsite this time, and i now have my DEET so i wasn't eaten alive. I'm hoping one application lasts for awhile cause i don't want to run out of it here before even setting foot in the high Sierra. We got a nice fire going after collecting a good amount of wood, and its still blazing as i lay here writing. Alright I'm dozing in and out. Grizz is supposedly getting here around 2am, if he purposefully wakes me up i will fight this man-i barely know. That's it, there is no more. Thought of the day; i wonder when my feet and ankles will stop looking like I'm pregnant. Song of the day; i just know the melody and the line "regulators mount up!" i think its by Warren G and some folks. Craving of the day; a real bed- the longer i go without walking 20 miles a day the tighter and more uncomfortable this sleeping bag feels every night.

JWC on the PCT

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