The conversation has started. Okay, the text messaging has started. I have, albeit hesitantly, decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. After I train. And after I go on a few shorter long distance hikes. So sometime in the next 10~ years.

The Pacific Crest Trail runs between Tijuana and Mexico, passing through the Laguna, San Jacinto, San Bernardino, San Gabriel, Liebre, Tehachapi, Sierra Nevada, and Klamath ranges in California, and the Cascade Range in California, Oregon, and Washington state.

I’m currently reading Wild: From Lost to Found. A memoir about a woman’s hike on the PCT, and more importantly, the transformation she underwent during her 1,100 mile journey (she only went from San Diego to Portland, but that is nothing to sneeze at).

When I said “conversation,” earlier, I was referring to the conversation I have started with my brother, Nick. I believe our temperaments suit each other for such a prolonged time in a confined space… or open space, as the case may be. He is married as well, with a 1 year old son, so it may be a while before this actually (if ever) happens.

First thing’s first: plan a 1-3 night hike locally. I think I may start here.

The Pacific Crest Trail

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The First Day of Spring

Today was the first day of Spring. The sun was out, people were smiling, and I didn’t have to wear two jackets to cross the street between my office and the local coffee shop. It seemed like the perfect day to ride my bike home, (which had hitherto been parked next to my desk for the last 5 [7?] weeks).

I could not have been more wrong. The weather, no doubt noticing me eyeing my bicycle, decided to go sour. Dark clouds were closing in on me as I started west on the Burke-Guilmen Trail. Sprinkles of rain, which felt more like ice, started to pelt my eyeballs. An ever present west wind blew directly against my efforts. Once I reached the shelter of my front door, I had a lovely “ice cream headache,” as I insist on (childishly) calling it.

Now that my trusty steed is safely at home in my basement and not taking up room in the office, (ever riddling me with guilt for not riding it), I think I will leave it be for another 2 to 3 weeks.