Big Bear to Hiker Heaven: PCT Portraits III
So this post is going to be a lot less bitching and whining than the last one. No, I still haven’t hit my honeymoon phase with the trail, and I’m not sure I will. It’s not all kittens and rainbows out here. However, the PCT is a relationship worth working toward. Inevitably, the relationship will end and I’m sure I’ll be devastated; but for now, the up and downs of the trail, both literally and figuratively, are worth sticking around for. Everyday, it’s like watching my love story unfold.
In the last two weeks, I had my first 20 mile day and even a 27! I cowboy camped for the first time, which is so fun because it feels like a slumber party outside. I even had my first happy cry as I watched the sunset on Baden-Powell; Explosions in the Sky playing in the background, the cotton candy sky slowly going dark and intimate conversations with my two favorite hikers. We all shared what we were thinking at that moment as we ate our dinner. As I fiddled with my ramen and tears started falling down my face, I told my two friends, “I realize that all of the stories and memories I will have for the rest of my life, I am living them right now. And, this is the first time in a very long time that I recognize that I am overwhelmingly happy.”
More tears came down and fell into my ramen -which, the salt helps a lot if you’re out- and my two friends came and sat close to me on both sides and shared this profound moment. I am so happy they were there because they felt it too, and now I know it was real.
It’s insane that I’m a little over a month in. The desert is almost over and the beauty and intensity of the Sierras’ awaits me. I’m slightly nervous, but also excited to see what else I can do with my new found hiking abilities. I feel confident that I have a great group of trail friends that will be supportive and make the journey worth all the hardship and risk.
And…. picture time.
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