Now We Begin Again
Gratitude for a beautiful start on the Pacific Crest Trail with tramily from the Appalachian Trail. Strider and I met at the San Diego airport after a long day of travel. Such a sweet reunion!
I got some very special pre trail magic. Strider’s friend in San Diego included me in an invite to stay over before starting the trail. I also got to take part in Strider’s film screening club. I haven’t been being very social in the past several months due to my work schedule. Strider’s film group got my the brunt of my pent up excitement to be back in a group setting. I was very talkative! We will see if I am invited back.
One of Strider’s friends from film group drove us to the trail. More special pre trail magic. The sun rose as we neared Campo. The moon was out. Clear, warming day.
We had a welcoming check in at the southern terminus. I was excited to get a PCT hang tag and stickers. I took the offering of a black zip lock toilet paper pack out bag.
There was much discussion about how the terrain is as green and lush as it has ever been. A recurring topic. Plentiful water sources. Speculation on the snow melt affecting water crossings ahead. What to do about Mt. San Jacinto. The certainty of skipping the Sierra.
We documented our start with pics at the southern terminus. The border wall loomed in the background. My thoughts turned to some of the many reasons people walk. For purpose, pleasure, mental health, pilgrimage, desperation, opportunity, adventure.
Now we begin again. One of my favorite practices in meditation. When my mind drifts from the focal point and I am off riding thought waves again. Then I remember. I am meditating. I have a focal point. I bring myself back. Over and over.
And off we went. And off we go.
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