Going Nowhere For A While: My Pacific Crest Trail Blog
Hello friends, family, acquaintances, enemies, and anybody else. Welcome to the introduction of my trail blog! I’m so excited to share my experiences preparing for and eventually hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Generally this is the part of an introduction where a writer would say something about themselves, establishing credibility and providing an interesting experience for the reader. Unfortunately, I am a bad writer, but I like lists. So here is a short, mostly coherent list of things I like, believe, or are just general facts about myself. I trust that you are a good reader, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from it:
- “There’s nothing wrong with going nowhere, son. It’s a privilege of youth.” (Fandango, 1985)
Good line. Better movie.
- John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats is perhaps the greatest living songwriter.
- Star Trek
- Believe it or not, Nebraska is a perfectly fine place to live and prepare for a long trail.*
- Grainbelt Nordeast
And finally, the important part
- My name is Jesse Christensen (he/him), and on April 17, 2023 I will start my northbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
*To be clear, most of my training for this hike took place in the Loess Hills of western Iowa while I was living in Nebraska. So am I lying or commuting?
Before I go too much further, I want to say a thank you to anybody reading this post as well as anybody I’ve talked to about this whole deal already.
- To anybody reading this blog: You’re supporting this journey just by being here and following along, and I really appreciate it!
- To the people I talked to about the trail before starting the blog: Thanks for putting up with me and letting me ramble about gear and fabrics and snowpack.
- And to the people reading the blog AND had to listen to me for the weeks (months) leading up to now: You deserve a break from me. Which is why I’m hoping to be gone for about five months. You’re welcome.
Moving Forward – Hiking Pun Intended
Over the next few weeks (Days (Procrastination)) leading up to April 17, I will be posting here trying to answer some of the more common questions I’ve been asked about this whole “thing”. Hopefully in that time I can figure out how to explain my “why” for doing this in a clear and concise way. However, I’m really not good with brevity, and the 17th is quickly approaching, so I make no guarantees. That pretty much exhausts everything I had to say for this first blog, so I’ll end it now before I ramble any more (Re: Brevity). Anyway, I’m thankful you’re here, happy to share my experiences, and excited to start!
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