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.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Goat Rocks Wilderness

Day 127, Mile 2290.3---One of the most beautiful days on the entire trail. The weather was spectacular, the views were amazing and everywhere. Once again i enjoyed hiking with the big group. Today we talked everything from politics to dogs. The climbs were plentiful to say the least but they passed fairly easily. Towards the end of the day we got great views of Mt. Rainier as we traversed the "knife edge". It was fairly tedious at times as the penalty for a mis-step was rather large. We got split into two groups for the night, but we should all make it into Packwood by tomorrow evening. Everyone is looking forward to Danger-Prone's birthday party and the shenanigans to follow. Yes i did just use the word shenanigans. It is getting late. Thought of the day; toast is bread, but bread is not toast. Song of the day; i do not recall. Cravings of the day; watermelon and 3 bagels right out of the oven. 1 plain toasted with peanut butter and honey, 1 onion toasted with cream cheese and lox, and 1 blueberry bagel toasted with butter.

JWC on the PCT

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