The Pacific Crest Trail – Over 2,600 miles starting at the Mexico border and ending a few miles into Canada. Miles and miles covering California Oregon and Washington passing by 1,000 lakes, 57 mountain passes, three national monuments, five state parks, six national parks, 25 national forests and 48 wilderness areas. 700 miles of Southern California deserts and mountains, 600 miles through Central California including the beautiful Sierra’s and nudging to close to resist Mount Whitney the highest summit in the contiguous United States, 400 miles in Northern California touching the southern Cascades, 400 miles through Oregon with deep old growth forests coined “the easy part”, and ending with 500 miles of Washington and the rugged North Cascades. All of which needs to be completed in a short five month window which nature has graciously provided.
This will be my home for five months starting in mid April 2014. Backpacking on average 20 to 30 miles per day or to put it into another perspective approximately one marathon each day. I will experience extreme heat, freezing cold temperatures, the pain in the weight of carrying 7 days of food as well as the the pain of running out of food, aching everywhere more than you can imagine, knowing that I cannot possibly go on yet knowing I must continue. I will experience fresh air, nature, solitude, peace, amazing beauty, abundant energy, constant and never ending views, complete silence, roaring and overwhelming sounds, big trees and small flowers, the smell of fresh rain, the sound of snow crunching as I step, physical and mental exhaustion only to be renewed and refilled the next day. I will experience every emotion and feeling even when I choose not to admit it. I will experience overwhelming and mind blowing kindness from friends, family, and complete strangers.
Why would I choose this experience, you may be asking yourself? Because I cannot imagine not completing this experience and my time is now.