When someone asks you for your trail name, the answer generally leads to a (mostly funny/ embarrassing) story about you or at least reveals something about your personality. It’s a name given to you by another hiker and not something grandiose you make up for yourself. However, you’re allowed to reject the name if you […]Read More What’s in a trail name?
Wait, what? We’ve finished hiking the trail? YES, after a month hiking through Washington we made it to Canada, bringing our total to 2,000 miles! All the cold rain and dense fog in the last 200 miles made finishing all the more rewarding. The last day was bittersweet – we were ecstatic to hike up […]Read More So…it’s been almost two week since we’ve been on the trail
After about 4 months on trail, these are some habits I’ve picked up which I’ll need to stop once we’re done hiking: – Hitch hiking & accepting rides from strangers; – Accepting food or drinks from strangers; – Eating unlabelled & unpackaged food found randomly in a box; – Not showering for 5+ days in […]Read More Things we do while thru-hiking that are not socially acceptable in real life
What is trail magic? It’s when a random stranger gives you something or performs an act of kindness to you on the trail. This can be a cooler of cold drinks by the side of the trail or a hitch to the nearest town or a water cache in a middle of a long dry […]Read More Trail magic
In my last entry, we were still in the desert in May. Since it’s now mid July, I have a lot of catching up to do which I’ll do below as succinctly as possible. I’m happy to give more details later but here’s a brief summary: – We took a 2 week break mid May […]Read More Where are we now?
April 28 to May 4 On day 35, we saw 3 snakes but none being rattlesnakes. However, I think we interrupted one of them having lunch because after it disappeared with a rustle, a black squirming lizard’s tail was left on the trail. I found the dismembered tail unnerving to see. That night we camped […]Read More Week 6 of the PCT
After a busy night in Julian eating pizza, resupplying our food for the trail and doing laundry, we woke up unusually clean on day 7. We had some free apple pie (when you show your PCT permit) from Mom’s pies before heading back to the trail. It was 2pm when trail angel Tangerine dropped us […]Read More Week 2 of the PCT
It was still dark outside when trail angel Scout directed us and 30 or so other hikers to cars that would be dropping us off at the PCT southern terminus. As we whizzed along the highway, it still felt surreal to me that we were actually starting our 6 month long hike. We arrived at […]Read More Summary of Week 1 on the PCT
Life on the trail will be one featuring a lot of deprivation. Deprivation of water during the long desert stretches where reliable water sources can be 20 miles apart. Deprivation of food when the insatiable hiker hunger kicks which cannot be satisfied by all the dehydrated food and trail-mix in your light-weight backpack. Deprivation of […]Read More What I think I miss most while on the Pacific Crest Trail
So we headed out for the day to Seymour Mountain for a little practice on our self arresting skills. Lora and I walked away with some valuable skills!Read More Sunny day for a self arrest