Day 132, Mile 2392.7---Last night i didn't sleep well. For some reason the way my tent was positioned the acoustics made it sound like there were mice in my pack every time either Hoffa or Don't Panic moved in their tents. I was convinced it was mice as i had a hole chewed through my mesh pocket the other night. It was after about an hour of vigilance that i finally realized what i was hearing. Still didn't sleep that well hearing Hoffa and Don't Panic toss and turn not sleeping well themselves. Anyway today was a lot of steep ups and steep downs. I am not sure why the trail has changed so much but in all of California and Oregon we never had grades like this. Everybody complained about it at one point or another throughout the day, and we all did it nonetheless. Ran into a hunter today that reminded me of an older Jesse, not me Jesse, crazy Jesse from outside Ashland. He wanted to know where i had seen or heard elk in the area. He also informed me that it was only bull elk bugle-ing not hunters so i stand corrected from the previous post. 9+ miles to get into Snoqualime tomorrow, everybody is looking forward to showers and some good food at the "Family Pancake House". I am fading fast. Thought of the day; who invented the toaster? and at what point did toast become popular enough to elicit such an invention? Song of the day; gotta live to eat, gotta eat to live, otherwise weeeed get along - Aladdin. Craving of the day; my Mom's teriyaki drumettes and all the vegetables i could fit on a plate or two.
JWC on the PCT
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.
- Home Sweet Home
- The Slow Return
- The Waiting Game
- Hello Canadia
- Last night on the trail
- Oh what a beautiful morrrrrning
- At Rainy Pass it's snowing
- At Rainy Pass it's raining
- Last Zero
- Steak in Stehekin
- Blowdown City
- Going North feels like I'm climbing the earth
- Bears Number 8,9 &10
- Exiting Skykomish
- Dinsmores River Haven
- Up and Down, Up and Down
- The air show, the bear show
- The closer i get, the harder it gets
- 250 miles left, whoa
- Camped at Mirror Lake
- Another day bites the dust
- It's Elk Season
- Next stop Snoqualime
- Wilderness to Cruisers
- Goat Rocks Wilderness
- Sunshiny day
- Trail, Town, Trail
- Huckleberry Heaven Part Deux
- Day 2 in WA; Day 2 of rain
- Welcome to Washington...it also rains here
- Oregon Scenes
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