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.

Monday, September 15, 2008

It's Elk Season

Day 130, Mile 2343.0---Little bit of dew last night, woke to a drip on the forehead. Lots of climbing throughout the day. Some of us hit Chinook Pass for lunch. It was like Disneyland up there, everyone young and old out on the trail and a lot of dogs. All of which (the dogs) i might add, were walking out in front at the ends of their leashes. This is not proper trail etiquette, let alone good in any way for the dog/ owner relationship. Alright i'll stop this rant short. Saw a fair amount of bow hunters out today. Elk season opens tomorrow and they have been out scouting for the past two days. Tonight we all camped in a stand of tree's just past a nice spring. There is now 12 of us, well just for the night anyway. Detour, High Octane, and Nathan joined us. While we all ate, just after dark a red head lamp came across the small field. It was a hunter and he asked how long we all planned to camp here. We explained that we were all just thru-hikers and would be gone in the morning. He was happy to hear that as he stated that he had been waiting 11 years to draw this Elk tag. He had been watching a bull and some cows and then said they heard us talking and laughing and took off so he was understandably concerned. Speaking of big game, i finally got to see a mountain goat, 16 actually plus the kids. They were far off on a hillside but it was still pretty cool. Got a picture but they are just white dots. Alright i should get to sleep cause there is a good chance i will be woken by Elk calls at 4am tomorrow. Thought of the day; i think i want and need to go hunting and go through the whole process of stalking, killing, cleaning/quartering, and eating a large mammal of some kind. Song of the day; iim gettin bored drivin up and down the saaayme old strip, i gotta fiind a new place where the kids are hip - Beachboys. Craving of the day; turkey, avocado, tomato, cheese on a toasted bagel.

JWC on the PCT

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