My Ode to the Desert
I knew you were beautiful, but had no idea the true extent of your beauty.
I knew you’d be hard, but didn’t grasp the extent of your difficulty.
I knew you’d present challenges, but didn’t expect them in form of Poodle Dog Bush, consistent headwinds, and long water carries.
What a trip the desert section has been!
I’m a couple hundred miles in, and all I can say is, “wow.”
It may not make sense. It’s just the range of feelings that I am having.
The end of this hike is approaching. As much as I don’t want it to end, in a few weeks’ time, it will. As much of an adjustment as it will be to get back to work/life, I am excited to have nightly showers, a steady paycheck, and a roof over my head that is not Dyneema.
Gosh, my emotions are as diverse as the SoCal geography.
This section is so beautiful, and I can’t believe I get to see it with my own eyes. The climbs may not be as high, but with (sometimes) seven liters of water on hand, I’m astounded by the strength I am noticing I am building.
I will not be coming back to San Diego the same person.
Mentally/emotionally: definitely not. Physically even: definitely not. Everyone was right. They told me before I left; I didn’t believe it.
Thru-hiking (in some capacity) is now part of my life. It won’t end with the PCT. Next year, it will be the NorCal section I missed. Beyond that, who knows!
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