Hi my name is Olympia, but people just call me Opa. I'm a conqueror of the useless, or perhaps i've been conquered by the 'useless'.. In 2017 I was a horse/mule wrangler in the Teton Wilderness of Wyoming, which is where I realized the trail/wilderness is my 'happy place'. In 2018 i'm going to pursue that love further on the Pacific Crest Trail, on foot. The trail is my best reality.
I finished my PCT thru-hike four days ago. Adjustment back to a normal balanced life feels good, but has left me feeling like a feather in the wind, that could be blown in any direction.
Here are some thoughts I had after running into my first black bear all alone on trail. It was a sow and two cubs about 15 feet off trail.
A little trip down the mental lane of a Thru-hiker on the PCT
Why I think people think I'm doing this. --I'm a lost young adult of the millennials. --I don't want responsibility. --Ego trip. --Dirty
All I can picture is heat, desert heat. I have a backpack on, full of only the things I need, to survive. Right now, this is all I want out of life.
I run some quick math through my head and realize I can live in modern society for the same amount as some spend on thru-hiking the PCT.. Dang
Here is a list of why's and why-nots, what and what-nots that I have when it comes to my PCT 2018 hike. Funemployment is the time I take between the seasonal jobs I work and the fun things I get to do during those times i.e. hike 2,650miles..