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, August 24, 2008

let the sun shine in

Day 114, Mile 2053.1---Last night was a cold one. What wasn't wet already became wet as the tent dewed up really bad and then the wind blew it into the mesh tent body on one side. That is hard to visualize i realize but basically things got more wet. My sleeping bag lost most heating power and i spent the majority of the night sleeping on my stomach with my legs crossed and my hands tucked into my groin. The wind was still blowing in the morning but the sun was shining. During my lunch break i managed to dry out my sleeping bag mostly but that was it. I decided i would try and get a cabin at Olallie Lake Resort and dry everything out. I made it here and found out the place hasn't been open all year because of snow damage. There is only car camping around the lake so i found one cabin with a big deck and set up shop. Hopefully it's not a problem. Hopefully i can take a nice long break tomorrow mid-day and get the rest dried out. Saw my first view of Mt. Hood today and it got me excited for family. I have 2 more days left to Timberline and then 2 more to Cascade Locks. I can't wait to see all my Oregonian relatives and eat, talk, and laugh with them. 100+ miles and all that will be had. It will also mark my completion of 2 out of 3 states with Washington left to go. All exciting stuff, all of which i am looking forward to. That rain storm and previous mosquito hell was just the kick in the ass i needed. I'm ready for it all now. I should probably turn off my headlamp so as not to give away my locale here. Goodnight. Thought of the day; i do not recall. Song of the day; some Motown classics. Craving of the day; all the wonderful food i will be having at the familial gatherings in 4 days.

JWC on the PCT

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