Hey guys! PCT hikers- get your Campfire permit here(this is needed if you carry a portable stove and it takes 5 min.) : http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Permits/
Also there is a permit for entering Canada via the PCT- this one takes a little longer to get since it must be approved: http://www.pcta.org/…/09/PCT-Canada-Entry-Form-10-26-15.pdf…
Flask and I got approved for the start date of May 13th! Woohoo
So, I’ve been thinking about hiking to raise money for a cause. I used the website: hike for and decided to hike for the Sierra Club (http://www.sierraclub.org/) and the Pacific Crest Trail Association (http://www.pcta.org/). If you want to make a pledge, then check out my hike profile here:
The plan is to start in May 2017!
I choose the Sierra Club after reading this disturbing article today:
I first noticed (first hand travels) that this was happening in 2009…how sad that it is going to get worse. A lot of places are going to be ruined for mining in addition to the places they will make inaccessible by charging ridiculous fees for “improvements.” Some of my favorite places on earth have been “improved” out of existence by rich people who think that nature should be covered in concrete, fancy lawns and flush toilets. The switch to state control is a big mistake. Captain Planet disapproves of this obvious move towards privatization. Take action guys!
I haven’t posted in awhile, but I wanted to put this on my blog- these guys are awesome and any AT hiker should check them out ❤
October 2016, Mother Earth and I did a little hike on the PCT near Lake Tahoe. It was a spontaneous hike without much thought or planning. I did manage to take a peak at the weather, so we only stayed on night. The first snows came the following day. We hiked up to a nice campsite on a ridge. We set up camp and made dinner right away. As we unpacked the food, I realized that I packed the extra dinner bag rather than the actual food bag I had prepared.
I looked at mom with slight alarm and thought “Will she be mad?”
She laughed for awhile at my mistake and eventually asked me which one we should have for dinner.
I responded with “Which one do you want for breakfast?”
We laughed again. All food is good food when you are hungry.
It was cold enough for us to put on all of our layers and windy enough to get us out of bed at 3am to relocate at a sheltered spot a few miles back down the trail. Night hiking probably sounds ridiculous or even dangerous;however, it is second nature to night hike for a thru-hiker, and I was glad to have the experience with Mother Earth. I want her to be comfortable making decisions in the wilderness that really take into account all possible actions. Night hiking sounds like desperation, but really it’s a good example of how overcoming cultural fears leads to more freedom and safety in the wilderness. As a female hiking solo on trail, I often night hiked away from sketchy individuals sleeping at shelters or roads and stealth camped.
As we walked down the trail we saw three shooting stars, the tail end of the Orionids meteor shower.In the morning our stomachs grumbled about oatmeal. As we walked out, we followed a rainbow back to the car. A big storm was blowing in and the rising sun caught the western curtain of rain. Collectively we saw about 12 rainbows.
I’m trying to decide if I want to blog on my AT site or start a new blog for the PCT, what do you guys think?
Flask and I were sitting around last night discussing the not so distant future. We’ve decided to leave around the 28th of April 2017 for the southern terminus of the PCT. Before we hike we might take a little trip down to Baja with my cousin who has decided to hike with us. Before any of that we are thinking of visiting family, so pre-trail is going to be an exciting time! We might even take a train cross country!Starting in April we are going to be moving about quite a bit.
Post-trail we are thinking of doing some exploring in British Columbia and Alaska. We are hoping to finish sometime in early or mid-September.
Currently I have printed out my guide, and I have most of the gear I need. Flask and I are marking out our resupplies on the map. In Jan. and Feb. we will be putting together our self-care packages and making our dinners. I plan to complete a vegetarian backpacking cookbook when we finish this next trail. My first attempt at making my own meals definitely had some failures. Hopefully it will all come together on the PCT, and I can finish up writing my recipes.
Stay tuned, there is much to come!
Mother Earth and I hiked the last twenty miles of trail in Mass. that I had to skip when my hip stopped working. This part of trail went up over October mountain, which I found to be both perfectly suited and ironic.
It was so different now, the leaves were covering the trail and falling on us as we walked. Everything was orange and red. It was beautiful. I consider this the actual end of trail for me.
I walked from the forest, over the railroad tracks, gradually onto a dirt road, then the trail turned to sidewalk. The transition back to the world was seamless. I wasn’t left in awe on some mountain somewhere. I walked back into civilization.
I’ve been working to get back out ever since.
After Trail, Mother Earth, Kevin and I meandered around the North. We climbed mountains and were privileged enough to fly over the Whites. I got to co-pilot! It was such an amazing experience. It reminded me of the sky diving adventure and all of my friends back in New York! I thought of walking the trail below with Yonder. My mom and I climbed Mt. Liberty in 20 degree, frigid air and then flew over it the next day! What a perspective shift. ❤ Life is beautiful