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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

a taste of the good life

Day 111, a zero---Woke up this morning and had an amazing breakfast made for us. At one point i was asked by Joy if i would like pancakes and eggs and ham or one or the other. Ken reminded me during my hesitation that there was lunch later, then dinner, and even breakfast tomorrow morning. What a novel concept, three real meals a day, i miss it. I spent most of the morning talking with Joy and Ken about all sorts of things past, present, and future, on and off the trail topics. It was nice to have time to stop and just converse. In the afternoon we made a shopping tour of Bend and a box pick-up in Sisters. Coming out of the Post Office i saw "the one" but didn't manage to say anything to her. I thought of a great line about 3 seconds after she passed and i was walking into oncoming traffic. I wanted to say," i will probably never see you again, but i hope i do." Too corny? maybe, but it was the truth anyway. Got my box unpacked and into my food sack. Also my mom included a copy of the "things i need to learn and accomplish" list i made 5 years ago. There are some items i can check off now like "earn a college degree". The best part about it is it will give me more thought fodder for the trail. We had a wonderful dinner where i stuffed myself thoroughly and enjoyed 2 servings of ice cream later. Talked to my parents for about an hour and a half which was nice. Everything is good on the homefront which is good. Watched some Olympic games and got some internet time even later. And now its later later, too late. Back on the trail in the morning, but not before a nice breakfast :). Thought of the day; i am looking forward to purchasing a pair of shoes for the sole purpose of doing a little yogging here and there and not 25 miles a day. pardon the pun. Song of the day; loooove is kinda crazy with a something something boy liiike yooou-oo... and then you STOP and something something - your guess is as good as mine. better probably. Craving of the day; none today.

JWC on the PCT


Mom and Dad said...

song of the day: I'm not sure of the exact name, maybe "spooky"
"Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little GIRL like you-ew"

Loved talking to you last night Jess, Mrs.K called me this morning after she and Mr. K dropped you and Icebag at the trail. Hope it's not raining on you and all the mosquitoes are hibernating by now! Looking forward to talking to you at Timberline, maybe you can get those pork chops!
Love you, yo momma oxoxoxoxox

Marnell said...

finally got caught up in reading your blog, which i thoroughly enjoy. we just moved to (get this) riverside. we used your truck to move the kids to their new place--thank you, jesse! Dubai and a year of traveling?? Excellent plan!! be young and free, gotta love it.