Fumbling my way…

I’m thru hiking the PCT starting April 12. I’ve been seriously planning it for 3 years, and fantasizing about it for much longer.  It dawned on me yesterday that I’m already living my thru hiking dream. I’m no longer looking longingly at pictures of other peoples completed gear set ups, I’m looking at my own. I’m not dreaming about what I would put in resupply boxes, I’ve got 7 of them strewn across my dining room. I’ve been obsessing over ounces, geeking out over compressed dehydrated wipes and hoping my new rain system works better than my last.  I bought my ticket to San Diego last week, got my hotel  and a ride to the trailhead. I’m stunned with excitement and that healthy kind of fear that gives you an exhilarating knot in your stomach.

I totally relate  it to getting ready to have a baby. I read everything I could get my hands on about childbirth and being a parent, I researched, talked to a gajillion people, watched  hundreds of videos, exercised, and took amazing care of myself .  So much to my surprise when that baby finally came, I realized I had no idea what I was doing!   Nothing went as I had planned, I felt overwhelmed, unprepared and totally exhausted, but I was SO IN LOVE with that baby!!! I have fumbled my way through motherhood and thank god every day for the amazing miracle that is my son. I’m thinking this hike will be just like that, and I can’t wait.

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Comments 12

  • Kim evensvold : Feb 17th

    You are an inspiration to me. I can not wait to be part of your journey through this blog! ❤

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    • Alissa Allen : Feb 17th

      OMG!! I am so excited for you. Mostly proud of you. 🤍

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  • Megan Snyder : Feb 17th

    The adventure has already begun as you’ve prepared mentally and physically, and there will be much more as you embark on your hike in April.
    This is for YOU! So happy that you’re engaged in life, following your dreams, challenging yourself and on a continuous path of self discovery😊❤️💜 you’re an inspiration to all!

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  • Patricia O'Callaghan : Feb 17th

    This is amazing. I will savor each step you take, word you write. The year of change, of letting go, of passion. Keep it coming. Xo~P

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  • Tama : Feb 17th

    Soooo excited for you and can’t wait to see your progress, hear from you and know that all is well!!!!! You are going to totally “ROCK “ this trek🎉!!!! I love you ❤️

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  • Laura Templeman : Feb 17th

    Omg I’m so glad you started this blog. I will live vicariously through all your details. !! So happy for you, Wendy.

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  • Eric Kiehn : Feb 17th

    This is the coolest thing ever! I’m really excited to see your posts and pics from this epic adventure!

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  • Tricia Bachmeier : Feb 17th

    You have been my inspiration since the day I met you. Your strength, stamina and unflappable upbeat attitude will carry you through the brightest mornings and the darkest nights. Hike well my friend and know that my spirit hikes with you.

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  • Pat Blackburn : Feb 17th

    I remember when you first told me of your plan to make this amazing trek. You were soooo excited and I was excited for you. Wow, I can’t believe the time is almost here and I can’t wait to read the updates of your journey. You are awesome lady–go grab your dream!!!!🥾🚶‍♀️♥️

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  • Claire Nicholls : Feb 18th

    So excited for you! Will look forward to updates. Be safe my friend.

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  • Andrew Carter : Feb 20th

    Looking forward to seeing you out on the Trail. I’m starting on 4/3, but I’m hiking a wierd itinerary. 1st leg is Walker Pass to Campo.

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  • Desiree McCullough : Feb 27th

    It’s getting closer and closer! I’m so excited for you and I can wait to read every word of the retelling of your adventure.

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