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, August 28, 2008

Made it thru Oregon

Day 118, Mile 2155.1---Cold night but good sleep. Sunny this morning and throughout the day. Took a trail out of the back of the campground(more like a single picnic table at the end of a poorly maintained dirt road) to Eagle Creek Trail. Dropped 2000ft in 2mi which is about as steep as it sounds. Both the guidebooks recommended this route as an alternative to the boring and un-scenic stretch of the PCT down to Cascade Locks. I think i made the right call, it was very easy walking and lots of waterfalls, one of which you could walk behind. I made it down to Cascade Locks a little slower then i had planned but still within the time window i had told my Aunt Terri. While i waited for her i split a pizza (i know) and had a couple beers with Iceman. They had Session, a beer that i haven't had since senior year of college. I loved it then and it is still as good now. I bet they have it on tap somewhere in Hood River. Alright i am getting off on a tangent. My Aunt Terri picked us up and dropped Iceman at the MAX station and took me back home. I tried to tame my hair and beard for about 45 minutes until i finally realized that was as good as it was going to get. My Uncle Rob BBQ'd some great hamburgers and chicken that was really good. I will get most of my errands done tomorrow hopefully and still leave time to fall asleep somewhere unintended. Speaking of sleep... Thought of the day; i don't know and i am falling asleep. Song of the day; sleeeepy. Craving of the day; a smoothie of some sort.

JWC on the PCT

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