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Having my sabbatical approved by my college and gotten the blessings of my wife and family, this coming year I will be off on a series of adventures: hiking, wandering, and writing about observation and pilgrimage.
This journey began as an attempt at a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail: all 2,660 or so miles from Mexico to Canada. Most who make the trek begin in early to mid-April and hike north from the border with Mexico, arriving in Canada in late September or early October. However, since I couldn’t leave until mid-May, I planned to leave from my own doorstep and head north to Canada, then return to the southern border in early September and hike the trail back home. I hadn’t heard of anyone else hiking the trail in exactly this way, so though it isn’t standard, it was an exciting variation.
After a few weeks on the trail, though, I found that the original plan wasn’t working for me. My pace was just too slow for a late start; I suffered a few very minor but annoying injuries and equipment failures; and I was just not finding the joy in the journey which was the purpose of the enterprise. Missing my family played a much larger role than I had anticipated as well.
So now I’m undertaking a series of smaller adventures, both on the PCT and off it. I’ll be keeping a blog all through my odyssey and putting up information on a wide array of trail-related things here to help my family, friends, and well-intentioned strangers keep up with the journey and learn about what this is all about. Please feel free to subscribe (using the links in the sidebar) to get updates!