This article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. A deep breath of the crisp fresh air filled my lungs, and I opened my eyes. It was still dark out, and there were snow patches surrounding me. My feet were aching, my legs and body sore, but I was warm, and I … Continue reading How I learned to adjust to post-trail life
The direction I've been traveling on the Pacific Crest Trail recently went from Northbound to Southbound. When we got to Shasta, we found out that fires in Northern California wouldn't allow us to cross the state line into Oregon. This was so disheartening. I'd been looking forward to that milestone for hundreds of miles! About … Continue reading Flippity flop
My tired feet made the transition from the dusty trail to the hard black pavement. Just before reaching the 3/4 mile road walk into Kennedy Meadows, Sprite and I celebrated the end of the longest, and arguably most grueling section by jumping into the Kern River - in over 100 degree weather - with all … Continue reading Almost out of the Sierra
Thirty-six days ago I stood at the Pacific Crest Trail southern terminus with one direction to go, forward. Since then, I've walked 454 miles up the West Coast. In 248 miles, the desert section ends, and the Sierra section begins. Most of the desert hasn't been what I pictured, some sections are full of water, … Continue reading One month (and five days) in!
(This picture doesn't do the creek justice. I meant to take so many photos, but didn't seem to take my phone with me anywhere. I was completely in the moment in this incredible spot. I snapped this photo just before exiting the area, heading back on trail.) Two days after leaving Big Bear, we'd hiked … Continue reading Deep Creek Hot Springs
I'd heard good things about a little mountain town called Idyllwild during my shakedown hike with Jake, a 2015 PCT thru-hiker, just two weeks before I left for California. He said Idyllwild was an amazing little place and that when I got there, I should take my time and explore. So when Sprite, Roadshow & … Continue reading Idyllwild and beyond
After leaving Mount Laguna our next stop was Julian, about 35 miles north. Some friends of Bridget's that previously hiked the trail said it was their favorite trail town, PLUS they have free pie for hikers. How could we pass it up?! Julian isn't exactly on the trail, about a 12 mile hitch. When we … Continue reading Julian to Warner Springs