My Pacific Crest Trail Adventure

“It’s impossible.” said pride.
“It’s risky.” said experience.
“It’s pointless.” said reason.
“Give it a try.” whispered the heart

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,660-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’m planning to walk/hike/crawl the whole thing starting in Mexico mid April and hopefully ending before my 70th birthday in Canada on the 6th of October.

I’m seeing out my 60’s in a way that I may remember in my 90’s. I’ll think back fondly on it the same way I now think back on my time in London and Oxford, 1978 – 1984, studying the violin and practicing Buddhism. It was a long time ago but I do remember I had a blast and learned a lot about myself and my world.

I also think back fondly on my time swimming with wild dolphins in 2003. I did that to learn what there is to learn by doing that. That is exactly why I am hiking the PCT, to learn what there is to learn in doing that.

I have had issues with my back ever since age 12 or 13 when I got kicked down a steep slope by a donkey while on a pack trip. I’ve lived with it being everywhere from sort of okay most of the time, to completely debilitating for long stretches ever since.

Finally I am old enough, thank you Medicare, to afford to get physical therapy. It has opened a whole new world! I think my current obsession with hiking the PCT comes from all within me that has been tamped down by pain and the threat of pain all these years wanting to bust loose for a change! I’m still not totally 100% and maybe never will be, but I’m sure to the point that I’m ready to bust out of this chair!

So that’s my story. That’s how I’m spending the next 10 months of my life, getting ready for and doing the PCT. If you would like to follow me in my journey I will be keeping a journal here Postholer.Com/scottfree2b with the blow by blow action.



6 thoughts on “My Pacific Crest Trail Adventure

    • The stamina is yet to be tested Jennifer. We will see. As for brave – perhaps it’s just a lack of forward thinking and/or failure of imagination. No guarantees on either front. I’m staying in the NOW for now, which is still pretty firmly rooted in my chair reading journals of those who have gone before me and the occasional work out/long walk. Still, thanks for the hearty “You go, girl.” I appreciate it.

  1. Trish…. I have just read the info on the PCT… it sounds very daunting but quite thrilling!!! How are you going about preparing for this megathon??? It would appear that I could meet up with you somewhere between Crater Lake to the Three Sisters!!! I might also be able to replenish some supplies… even chocolate!!!

    I am very impressed with your determination to “go all the way” I will certainly be cheering you on…. I have decided for my 70th I am going to jump out of a plane… never done that!!!! ((*_*))

    • Chocolate!!!

      That would be awesome if we could meet up there. Stay in touch and we can make a plan at some point when this all – my hike, your move – gains more solidity.

      That’s funny about jumping out of a plane. My X-husband did that for his 70th. It wasn’t his first, he was a skydiver when we met, but it was his first in 50 years!. My younger son, upon hearing of my plans said, “Couldn’t you just jump out of a plane or something?” Tempting for sure but I have a skydiving handicap. I’d lose my dentures!

      Thanks for dropping by LG!

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