I am Lauren, an Oregon native about to take on the Pacific Crest Trail in April. I am excited to be working with the trek.co and to be sharing my experiences on trail with you guys. I am by no means a blogger, in fact I have never blogged before in my life, but I am about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime so I figured now would be a good time to start. I have developed a love for hiking and the outdoors over the last few years and have decided to dedicate part of my life, about 5 or 6 months to be exact, to walking through nature and continuing to find myself. In nature is when I feel most connected to myself and the universe. It is a place where I feel free and balanced. I have begun the journey of self discovery in the forests of Oregon and am excited to continue that journey along the PCT. That four-legged cutie you see in the picture above is, Lyla. She is my pride and joy, my best friend, and my favorite hiking companion. Unfortunately, Lyla will not be joining me on my thru-hike but I know she will be in good hands with my parents back home. Who knows, maybe she will join me for a weekend or two. I am going to miss her the most I think.