This trail really isn't about the destination. I had set out to hike every open mile of the Pacific Crest Trail in the year 2018, and that's exactly what I did. I pushed myself to my physical and mental limits, met amazing people and experienced nature in its absolute glory.
I left off the last blog post on a bit of a cliff hanger as to whether or not I'd be skipping a section ahead of me due to a large forest fire just north along the trail. Fortunately, the trail was spared and there was no need to skip anything.
It has been almost a month since my last blog post, so I have quite a bit to catch you all up on. The heavy smoke from the current forest fire just north of my position and closer to the Oregon border looms overhead, blocking the surrounding mountain peaks from view. But we'll get back to that.
As I write this post, it's currently Saturday June, 9th. I've been out on the trail for about a month and a half. It's been quite a long time since my last post and a lot has happened. I've entered the Sierra Nevada mountains and have completed all 700 miles of the desert section.
My feet have been saved! Since my last post, I've gotten new shoes, which very surprisingly are a full size larger. I went from a 10.5 to an 11.5! It's insane how much of an impact swelling can have on your body.
Our awesome granola baker Brian is taking a trip of a lifetime. Starting April 18th, he'll be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which is over 2,600 miles long and stretches from California to Washington!