Welcome to my new blog! Follow along as I attempt to hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. I won’t be posting every day, but I’ll try to post at least once a week so you can see how I’m doing, and where I am.
I’ve got a lot to do before I hit the trail (April 6), but I will try to post some pre-trail thoughts and notes about my planning and preparations. But for this first post, I wanted to explain the title of my blog.
I like to sleep, and I like to dream. It occurred to me the other day that I can’t remember a single dream where I was at home. As a long time Forest Service employee, I often have dreams that I am out in the woods somewhere, on a dusty road, or knee-deep in some stream (I’m a Hydrologist). Sometimes I’m in my car. And of course the stress dreams where I’m in college and it’s Finals Week and I; a) haven’t been to class all semester, b) don’t know where the class meets, c) don’t know when the exam is, or d) all of those things.
Now, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that if I spend five or six months on the PCT, I will have dreams that take place there for years to come, if not the rest of my life. In fact, I’ve already had two dreams where I was on the PCT (both stress dreams where I had just started but was missing some important piece of gear).
Hiking the PCT has been a dream of mine since I was about 15. Soon, I will be Living The Dream. And then the PCT will be inside me. A place I can go in my sleep. A new place for dreams. Hopefully, happy dreams.