Did I say CDT? I meant PNT. Pacific Northwest Trail. This is a 1200 mile route that starts at the Continental Divide in Montana and runs all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Why did I change my mind? Well, there are a few reasons.
Reason #1: The North Cascades!!!!
Reason #2: The Olympic Peninsula!!!
Reason #3: Glacier National Park!!!! Okay, that was a perk of the CDT too. Which brings us to...
Reason #4: a shorter time commitment and less financial burden. This just fits better with my life situation at the moment. With all the student loans and the unpaid internship I just finished, it's been a little hard to save money for another 5 month hike. But I am hoping to make every moment count on a shorter, but equally awesome hike. Also, it's easier to find great people to watch my dog for 2-3 months rather than 5 months. Also, I can hike the PNT without completely moving out of my house. All great things.
And though I do love a good walk across the country, I'll have to save that for another year. I'm looking forward to a shorter adventure that's not quantified by traveling from one international border to the other. But more of an exploration of what is arguably the most beautiful corner of this country.
Reason #5: Adventure and Challenges! As a relatively new trail, it's not the kind of hike that you can just mindlessly walk, day after day. There will be cross-country bushwhacking, off-trail navigating, some road walks, lots of fallen trees and sweeping views of secret wilderness.
The PNT is something I've wanted to do ever since learning of its existence. And now seems like a good time to do it. Mud and I will be heading out in mid-July.
But in the mean time, you can buy a signed copy of my book! It's a real life physical thing now, not just an idea in my head or on a screen. To help raise funds for my upcoming hike, I've started this Indiegogo campaign. There are other perks too. Some edible, some involving nutrition consultations or post cards from the trail. By contributing to the campaign, you're helping to sustain the life of this blog (and me!) and assure daily posts about our PNT hike. I hope you're as excited about this as I am!
Thanks so much!!
This blog post is for those of you who read my book all the way to the end and then wondered how the book ended. Most of the time I was writing the book I didn't know how it would end. Even writing the ending, I didn't really know how it ended.
But now I do. And it's not so much an ending but a new beginning. It's been two years since Mud and I set out to hike the PCT and a lot has changed. Mud is a new Mud. I am a new Bug. We are happily together in a stable, committed, adult relationship. No bullshit. No drama. It's all good. How we got here is a long, complicated story involving a trailer, a tiny town in Northern California, another walk through the Sierras, and mostly just a lot of time. It may not make sense if you just finished reading about the two-years-ago version of us. But trust me, life is full of surprises. And sometimes they're good ones.
And as this new version of ourselves, we've decided to take on a new adventure - the Continental Divide Trail. Just another walk from Canada to Mexico. One could argue that, perhaps, I am just a lost soul who knows not what to do other than walk across the country, time and time again. OR, alternatively! Maybe I'm compelled, for reasons I don't yet understand, to try this again. Walk with Mud. Leave everything behind. Hike for months on a trail that may or may not be a real path. Expect to get lost at least once on any given day... see what happens. Maybe it's a new story that has yet to be told. I don't know, really. I just know that this is the only thing that feels right. And, as Liz Gilbert says, I have an obligation to the universe to follow my truth, since I'm the only one who can.
However! There's still some unfinished business to attend to before I leave to ensure that I am, actually, able to leave. Number one: I need a really great person to take care of my dog. If you know anyone, let me know! He's an adorable lab mix who never fails to make humans fall in love with him. Number two: money. I'm working an assortment of jobs at the moment to try and get some cash for mailing resupply boxes, eating in trail towns and getting appropriate gear. There are three ways you could help with funding to make this CDT hike (and maybe a second book) happen:
Or if you'd rather support me in a less direct way, just send some positive vibes our direction and keep reading the blog. My goal is to do a better job at blog posting and write a short summary of adventures on every single day that we are on the CDT. This seems to have worked out well last year on my Sierra trip and will be a fun challenge of my writing skills. And then maybe... just maybe, it'll turn into another book. Who knows. Life is full of surprises.
This is my buddy, Sprout. He likes long walks in the woods and cozy evenings on the couch. If you know anyone who wants to take care of him and love him beyond reason for the months of (late) June through November, let me know! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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