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 14, 2008

sans title

Day 102, Mile 1780.5---Today was un-exciting to say the least. Last night the raccoons kept me up for a while so i didn't make it on trail until about 7:50. We stopped for lunch at a shelter made by the Oregon National Guard. I made Mountainhouse macaroni and cheese with a pouch of smoked salmon added. It was ok. A girl showed up soon after i arrived and her pack looked like it weighed at least 50lbs. There was more stuff tied or clipped or pocketed on the outside than i had ever seen before on a single pack. She was doing a section from Ashland to Crater Lake. She caught up with us at the end of the day while we cooked dinner and now we are all camped together just past a stream. Walked on a lot of lava today which doesn't make the best tread though my feet didn't seem to mind. Did not make my 30 today, which definitely means i am not going to make it to Crater Lake before noon day after tomorrow. My Uncle Rob and Aunt Terri might be meeting me there but it was not set in stone when i left Ashland. I am hoping i can get a signal on Icebag's phone sometime tomorrow so i can call and let them know i will be late. Alright that's about it, like i said in the first sentence, un-exciting. Thought of the day; do not let any negatives in your past reflect on the inherently positive outlook of your future. Song of the day; wiith eeemaaginaaayshunnnn iyel get there, by Harry Connick Jr. Craving of the day; frybread - it was served with every meal at this restaurant in Whitefish, Montana. Its like a deep fried dinner roll, soo lovely.

JWC on the PCT

1 comment:

AUNT JANIE said...

Would have loved to have met you at Crater Lake, Jesse. Maybe next time you do this!