I live in the Seattle area and would love to meet you while on the PCT. I’ll be your “Angel” if our schedules coincide. As you get into Washington, contact me.
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone….in the old days I can remember being glad just to see someone else on the trail, anyone! But with the popularity of the Trail these days it is difficult to find the peaceful quiet of being with yourself. The AT hasn’t always been a purely social experience, it was once a communion with nature…an experience with solitude, an escape from the nonsense of life. Not saying that the AT experience today is not still fabulous, it is, only that it is different. People slog along with their heads down, ear plugs in blasting away the latest play list, destroying the sounds of silence. From town to town, from shelter to shelter, from zero to zero,from party to party. Pushing to make “big miles” day after day it seems that many people miss too much of what the AT really is….a wilderness adventure. Have we become so involved with what other people think of us or we of them that we have methods of dodging or ditching others without hurting their feelings? If you are afraid of being alone, stay home. If you judge others by appearances or attitude and seek only people that believe as you do, stay home. If my comment offends you, I apologize.
I would just say that I came on this trail to get my mind and life sorted out and I need to do it alone if it’s okay with them.