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.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Donner party of 13, your table is ready

Day 76, Mile 1155.8---Had a hard time getting out of bed this morning again, i think all these days off are making me soft. But that is not stopping me from zero-ing again tomorrow. Today went very well. Got into the Truckee area around 12:30ish and got picked up by Larry and Esther soon after. Had a free hiker beer at the Donner Ski Ranch while i waited, it was cheap but refreshing. Came back to the Bousquet's abode and had tri-tip sandwiches and fruit salad for lunch, it doesn't get much more down my alley than that. Later we went into Reno and i got a new pair of shoes(NB 992), new sleeping pad(same), and a replacement filter cartridge(obviously the same, its a replacement). We had dinner at Claim Jumper where i polished off a full order of "chicken and biscuits" and a large appetizer salad, it was real good. I got on the internet upon my return and read the newest batch of comments. Also saw that my Mother and Father chose to put up some pictures of a sort of before and after, or rather a before and so-far. Not a big fan of either Jesse the chubs or Jesse the starving miner look. I also read that my Mom thinks folks should know more about the people i am visiting or there connection to me. So real quick- Jarell i met in 7th grade, we have been friends ever since, the closest thing i have or will have to a brother. Anna is a former roommate from UCSB my senior year who currently lives in Tahoe City and is working for Americorps. The Bousquet's, particularly Esther, used to take care of me when i was little and my parents were working. So there you go, that should explain enough. I have to go to sleep in this wonderful bed now. Thought of the day; tomorrow i turn 24, it's like a once in a lifetime thing. Song of the day; whyyyyy doooo fooools faaaalll in luuuuhuuuvvvv - somebody. Craving of the day; nuh-fin i am good.

JWC on the PCT

1 comment:

AUNT JANIE said...

Bunch of peeps did this one - Diana Ross, The Diamonds, Gale Storm - not sure of the author:
"oh wah, oh wah, oh wah, oh wah, oh wah, oh wah
Why do fools fall in love?
why do birds sing so gay?
And lovers await the break of day
Why do they fall in love?

Why does the rain fall from above?
Why do fools fall in love?
Why do they fall in love?

Love is a losing game
Love can ashame
I know of a fool
you see
for that fool is me

Tell me why, Whyyyy, Whyyy
Tell me why
Why do birds sing so gay?
And lovers await the break of day?
Why do they fall in love?
Why does my heart skip a crazy beat?
Before I know it will reach defeat!
Tell me why, Whyyyy, Whyy
Why do fools fall in love?