A man, a plan (A Canal, Panama)
I had a plan, a damn good plan, but like any plan if the circumstances change, so does the plan.
1. Graduate from college with History degree and secondary education certificate.
2. SOBO hike the Appalachian Trail.
3. Find a job as a High School History teacher.
4. Regale them with stories of my travels (optional)
The NEW plan:
1. Make money any way possible
2. Hike the PCT
3. Find a job as a High School History teacher
4. Regale them with stories of my travels (still an option)
How did we get here?
As I was hiking the AT I constantly thought of the old plan. It really all made sense; I rationalized in my head that it was the correct course for me take post AT for four years. Then I hiked, and hiked some more, and just for the heck of it, just did a little more.
Finally, a competing plan came into focus, plan 2.0 if you will. Version 2.0 was good, but contrasted what my friends, family, and I expected of post-trail Chris LeBlanc- but it made perfect sense to post-trail Chickenfat. The question became do I allow my Appalachian Trail journey transform me? Should I let Chickenfat become part of who Chris LeBlanc is? Or is Chickenfat just an Appalachian Trail character I will remember as a fleeting memory of my 5 months of pooping, living, and sleeping in the woods?
I chose plan 2…
If the purpose of my Appalachian Trail trip was to experience new things and gain a fresh outlook, plan two screams pick me! Just like the perfect time to hike the AT was right after I graduated college, the perfect time to hike the PCT is now, before I get my first “real” job.
So where are we now?
Currently I am working at Kanki, a Japanese Steakhouse, as a waiter (not one of cook “volcano guys” as my friend put it), making money while minimizing extraneous expenditures, and trying to 1. Upgrade my current gear to a more UL setup and 2. Tuck money away for the PCT hike. Basically, I am just waiting for May 2015- the day that once again Chris LeBlanc recedes away and Chickenfat takes his place.
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