Well, this is truly going to be an adventure for this 63 year old women who feels the need to complete the PCT before her bones will not let her. I am starting this blog almost a year before I begin my adventure on the PCT. Believe me it has been a struggle deciding should I, shouldn’t I, can I, will I. But despite all my inner demons telling me no. I am going to give it a shot in April 2019.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones.
I will now go into all my feelings and thoughts of why I have decided to take this trip. It has been in the back of my mind for years. I actually started thinking of the Appalachian trail which is from Georgia to Maine and is approximately 2,100 miles. The reason I have picked the PCT is it starts at the Mexican border near San Diego, I lived in San Diego for 5 years. You go through the desert and then the Eastern Sierras, Yosemite. I live in the Eastern Sierras and loved going to Yosemite. The trail goes through Tahoe, I lived in Truckee near Tahoe and California for years. Then it travel into Oregon, I lived in Bend Oregon for a few years, and on to Washington. No, I never have been or lived there. So it seems I lived so close to the PCT and never even thought about it until the last few years. I am drawn to the PCT and as much as it scares me to think about all the miles and what is in store for me. I am excited to start planning.
I have to say things that come to mind while planning, is where the heck am I going to get my hair done. I have grey roots that start showing up every 3 weeks. This will really be planning on my part. As, I research and watch many videos of hikers on the trail they do not give you all the little things regarding the trail. I truly hate to be dirty and love my baths and showers daily. So I know this will be an adventure and as I hate the fact that I am getting older and my body is telling me don’t wait too much longer or it is going to be much harder on the bones. I will write about my process in the next year and how things are going.
There are many things to consider as I move forward. I own a day spa and bed and breakfast. How are they going to manage without me for over five months. I know they will. Also, my parents are in their eighties and leaving them for months is very hard to do. I hope and pray they will be fine without me for a few months. Also, my sweet pets, Gracie, Luther and Missy. I will surely miss them. I believe I will plan on a break for a week to come visit the gang. My husband will be starting the trail and hopefully will continue with me. This is not his dream as it is mine. So we shall see.
January 8, 2018, Happy New Year to all . I am so excited I have contacted Jessica (Dixie) Mills who has thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and also the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. She and her boyfriend Kyle Rohrig, who has hiked both trails as well as Kyle wrote ” Lost on the Appalachian Trail” they will be coming in January and they are going to check out my gear and give me pointers on hiking the trail. They will be hiking the Continental Divide Trail this year as well. I cannot wait.
January 21, 2018. Jessica Mills and Kyle Rohrig came to the spa and stayed a couple days at our bed and breakfast. They went through all my gear and helped with things I may need and things I did not need. So nice to have friends who have hiked the trail tell me about their thru hike of the PCT. I am getting more excited each day as we get closer to the start date. Here is an article on Jessica from the newspaper in her town of Opelika, Alabama. Roll Tide